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ATMA conducts various activities across the state

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 8/25/2019 11:56:17 AM IST

Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) has conducted various activities for farmers’ welfare in different parts of Nagaland during the month of August. 

ATMA Angjangyang block: ATMA Mon, Angjangyang block, organised various training and demonstration programmes from August 22 to 24, led by BTM, Nemchaba Jamir, covering three villages. A press release from ATMA Mon, stated that training programme on packages and practices of potato was conducted at ATMA farm school Jakphang village, with ATM, Longrikaba Ao and Linota Y Chopy, as resource persons. On the second day, training programme on fallow land management was conducted at Angjangyang village. BTM, Nemchaba Jamir, explained significance of poverty among rural areas which is closely associated to agriculture with low productivity and high inputs of labour. He also explained that Jhum system becoming unsustainable as cycles becoming shorter with less time to restore soil fertility and biodiversity. Resource person, ATM, Leiwang Konyak, explained simple procedures for application of agricultural lime and its advantages to the soil health.

Seeds and various materials were distributed to the participants, and  altogether, 68 farmers from different group and villages were benefited from the programme, the release stated.

ATMA Thonoknyu block: ATMA Tuensang, Thonoknyu block on August 19 and 20, conducted training and demonstration programme on various topics with BTT convenor, Sipong (LRD), BTM, T Achet Longchar, ATM, Yanger Walling as resource person at Peshu village. A press release from ATMA Tuensang, started that altogether 16 farmers attended the programme, where topics on demonstration and training on cardamom cultivation, trichoderma, mushroom cultivation, importance and functions of farm school and farm teachers and demonstration on vermin wash were delivered to the participants. Meanwhile, five new SHGs were mobilised from Peshu, Thonoknyu, Sanglao and Pang village, wherein seed money were given to 2 SHGs through direct benefit transfer. Further, a farm school on cardamom was also inaugurated at Peshu village with Peshia as farm teacher.

ATMA Noklak block: ATMA Tuensang, Noklak block inaugurated integrated farm school on August 16, at Chingmei village, chaired by BTM Thongko.  During the inaugural programme, horticulture inspector & BTT convenor Recha Imchen highlighted the concept of farm school and pointed out that the set up of farm school would provide opportunity for dissemination of farmer to farmer technology and implementation of new and innovative technology where farmers can learn on better practices of farming. He motivated the farmers by saying that adoption of proper cultivation techniques and post harvest management will serve as a great potential. Wongto Simon was appointed as the farm school teacher. Altogether, 27 farmers attended the training. In the technical session, trainings and demonstrations were conducted on various topics. Resource persons were BTT convenor Recha, Tiatemsu ATM, Athing ATM and Shanchothung ATM. Mobilisation of farmers group was also conducted with 5 SHGs and 2 direct benefit transfer (DBT) from different villages under the block. The day long training concluded with distribution of farm inputs to all the participants.

ATMA Akuhaito block: ATMA Akuhaito block organised mobilisation of farmers on the topic “Agriculture credit, rural loan & rural finance’’ on August 24, at Khrimtomi village. A press release from Akuhaito block, ATMA Zunheboto, KaihoAchumi stated that ATM Akuhaito, stressed on how rural women can achieve financial stability by growing organic vegetables in the area enhancing market demands from the nearby market and also distributed various seeds to the farmers. Arto Awomi sales officer and personal loan in-charge ICICI Bank Mokokchung briefly discussed on how farmers can apply for different loans. He also stated the importance of creating a bank account and listed the details required for the account beside KCCs loans from the banks were discussed by him. A total of 30 female farmers from different village attended the programme. 

ATMA Khonsa block: ATMA Kiphire, Khonsa block, conducted training-cum-demonstration and other activities on August 20 and 21. A press release from ATMA Kiphire, stated that the training was conducted under the themes, “Integrated Pest Management”, “Post harvest on Maize” and demonstration on “Kidney beans (Kholar) Farming”, resource persons Merennungba Imchen and Takutoshi Jamir. Highlights of the programme included using naturally occurring enemies of insect pests such as parasitoids, predators and pathogens, community participation, farming guides for kidney beans (Kholar). One farm school teacher was also selected in Tsurevons village as well as mobilisation of farmers was initiated in 5 villages. 


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