ATMA organises trainings, field day and demonstrations

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 2/16/2020 9:20:19 AM IST

Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) of different blocks conducted various programmes to educate farmers and locals on crops and to provide technical assistance.

Botsa block: Botsa block conducted a field day and demonstration on “nursery bed preparation of onion” at Teichuma village on January 29. 
According to a press release, the programme was initiated by sub-divisional agricultural office (SDAO), Chiephobozou taking into consideration the IFAD-FOCUS project for which the farmers needed a hands-on demonstration and technical guidance for cultivation of the crops. Resource person of the programme Hainenle Tep, ATM Botsa block highlighted the need and importance of raising nursery beds for onion and a frontline demonstration of preparing nursery bed was also followed with discussion and feedbacks. Vizokhonyii Yhome shared about the importance of IFAD-FOCUS project in Nagaland and the economic importance of onion.
The programme ended with participation and initiative of ATMA Botsa block, SDAO, Chiephobouzou and participation of the farmers. Altogether a total of 17 farmers attended the programme.
In a separate programme ATMA, Botsa block also conducted trainings on oyster mushroom cultivation and integrated nutrient management (INM) at SDAO, Chiephobozou on February 4. A farmers’ interest group (FIG) from Seiyhama village attended the trainings where mushroom spawns, bio fertilizers and plant growth promoters were distributed among farmers. 
Ahthibung block: ATMA Ahthibung block, Peren conducted farmers’ field day-cum-training and demonstration on January 27 at Phaijol village. The training saw cultivation practices of potato and sesame followed by demonstration on Vermicompost and zero energy cool chamber (ZECC).
Farmers were trained on various cultivation practices of crops for better growth and productivity, seed treatment and its economic value for income generation. This was followed by demonstration on how to construct the vermicompost pit for storing vegetables for longer shelf life on zero ZECC. Resource persons for the programme were Lhaihoichong BTM, Keneinguno Sorhie ATM and Kevin Angami ATM. The programme was followed by BFAC meeting at Saijang village where farmers’ friends of the block discussed various problems faced at their field regarding crops, diseases and pests. Altogether 35 farmers attended the programme.
Panso block: Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) Tuensang, Panso block conducted field day on February 8 at Lengnyu village,with  Kezhasalie  and Anungba as resource persons.  
Respurce persons, Kezhasalie spoke on uses of bio fertilizer and various bio-control agents on vegetable crops while Anungba gave an account on organic farming and its beneficial role.
In the second session, group discussion and field visitation were conducted where problems were shared by farmers and various measures were provided by ATMA staff.  Meanwhile, trainings on “bee keeping” and preparation of detergent for dish washer on February 10 and 12 were also conducted at Lengnyu council hall. Altogether, 25 farmers attended the programme. 
Tening block: ATMA Tening block organised a training and demonstration on “pig farming”, “spacing and layout of winter crops” and field day from January 15-17 at New Tesen village, Tening town and Tening respectively.
Dr. Kekeipeu Nza spoke on the scientific developments in piggery farming and updated the farmers about modern methods and inputs in pig farming. He also spoke about disease management and feed management in pigs as well as other livestock. The training and demonstration was presided by Woshanthung Jamio, ATM Tening.
Training and demonstration on spacing and layout of winter crops at Tening town was held with Rokozhalie Namdau ATM Tening as resource person. During the training, farmers were trained on spacing requirements of different winter crops as well as nursery bed preparation and preventive measures for pest and diseases.
Farmer field day was also conducted at Tening on winter crops wherein Tening ATMA team along with farmers visited a horticulture field. During the visit, farmers were informed of the recommended practices that were to be followed for proper cultivation of winter crops.
Sitimi block: ATMA Sitimi block Kiphire conducted training and demonstration on carrot cultivation at Sitimi village on January 15. 
Kenisatuo Kruse chaired the programme and resource person Hokato Achumi demonstrated on nursery bed preparation, with spacing of 25 - 30 cm apart. He also emphasised that weeding, thinning and earthing up should be done regularly after sowing. Altogether 13 farmers attended the programme.
Mon block: ATMA, Mon block, conducted training programme on “Precision Agriculture” at Wangla village, on January 23, with resource person ATM, Khriezelhou Seyie discussing on application of agriculture inputs with respect to crops, weather and its surroundings for increased and efficient yield. A press release from ATMA Mon stated that, demonstration on “Increasing shelf life of ginger with low storage structure” was conducted at Hongphoi village, on January 27, with resource person ATM, Manlen Konyak.  ATMA Mon, Wakching block, also conducted activities at Namthai village on January 24 and 28, where training on Ratoon management of sugarcane was carried out and demonstration on pit system of planting sugarcane and silage making for small scale farmers was done. ATMA Mon, Aboi block, also conducted demonstration on the topic “Nursery bed preparation of Solanaceous crops” on January 28, at Ngangching village. ATM, Wanshom Konyak, highlighted on importance of preparing raised nursery bed and its benefits. A total of 12 members from Phangyang SHG attended the programme. 
Chessore block: Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) Tuensang, Chessore block conducted field day, training and demonstration programme on various topics on January 29 and 30, at Chessore village, Longsor and Kelonger villages. AFA department of Agriculture Somba Chang as resource person trained the farmers on “Post Harvest management of Ginger”. Maize-Soyabean intercropping, preparation of yellow sticky traps, and preparation of banana peel fertilizer was imparted to the farmers followed by hands on demonstration. Meanwhile on January 30, field day on green pea was conducted at Kelonger village by Dekhingbi ATM. Besides training on rejuvenation of citrus plant and demonstration on application of bordeaux mixture was imparted to the farmers by ATM Wapangtoshi. Block farmers advisory committee meeting (BFAC) was also held at Chessore village. The meeting was chaired by BTM Merenjungla BTM, various farming activities to be undertaken at block level were discussed.  Altogether 68 farmers attended the training and demonstration programme in different villages. Knapsack sprayer, Yellow sticky traps and Neem oil was given to the host farmer and farmer participants.
Tsaru block: Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) Tsaru block, Tuensang conducted trainings and demonstrations on January 24 at Kiding village. A press release from ATMA Tuensang stated that, resource person agriculture officer Longkhim, Trithiba Sangtam highlighted the importance of backyard poultry farming and focused on the several ways on how it can be a source of boon to the farmers for increasing their income. ATM Tiyongnaro Imsong conducted detailed demonstrations on cultivation of yard long bean, organic fertilizer management and mulching in pineapple and various mechanical pest control methods.
ATM Khatemenla stressed on the value addition of king chilli, intercropping of spring vegetables and post harvest management of passion fruit as several post harvest losses were reported from the villages earlier. ATMA staff conducted field day visit on pineapple farm at Kiding village.
Block farmers advisory committee (BFAC) meeting was also held at Kiding village. BTM, Dr. T. Arenmongla highlighted about the activities that was conducted in the previous years and explained about the role of BFAC members. Altogether, 16 farmers attended the programme along with block convener and ATMA functionaries.
Longmatra block: ATMA Kiphire, Longmatra block organized a field day visit to pineapple farm and conducted trainings and demonstrations on scientific methods of litchi cultivation and fishery pond management on January 30 at Tetheze village.
A press release from ATMA Kiphire stated that the field day trip was attended by farmers where Moakumzuk BTM, Longmatra block highlighted the objectives of the trip and encouraged the farmers to share their views and queries in order to have a better understanding of the farming system. He also emphasized about plant protection measures and air layering in litchi cultivation. Resource person Tsungrozen ATM, Longmatra block spoke on the concept of fish pond construction and its management. He also encouraged the farmers on commercial rearing of fish to increase their income. 28 farmers attended the training where okra and long yard bean seeds were also distributed to the farmers.
Peren block: ATMA, Peren block conducted training and demonstration-cum-field day at Ndunglwa village on January 18, where Kibale (ATM) chaired the programme, Rokozhalie Namdau ATM, Kewichamsi Kaurinta ATM and Vimetseino Zao ATM were resource persons, Rokozhalie and Kewichamsi conducted training on package and practices of king chilli and cabbage, while demonstration on nursery bed preparation was conducted by Vimetseino. After the technical session, ATMA team along with the farmers visited cabbage field. Altogether, 49 farmers attended the programme.


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