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ATMAs conduct demonstration programmes

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 2/4/2021 11:36:15 AM IST

Various blocks under Agricultural Technology management Agency (ATMA) conducted demonstration programmes for the welfare of farmers. 

Dimapur: ATMA Dimapur, Niuland block conducted demonstration programme on “package of practices of green gram (moong)” at Ghotovi village on February 2 with scientist (agronomy), AICRP-SASRD, NU, Medziphema, Dr. Lowrence Kithan as resource person.
A press release by ATMA Niuland block stated that during the programme, resource person informed that the spring crop was to be sown by mid of February and would be harvested after 70-75 days.
He also stated that proper irrigation should be provided when there are less chances of rainfall during dry season. Demalu Hasnusa BTM, Niuland block also highlighted on the treatment of seeds with bio-fertilisers before sowing and stated that 33 kgs of green gram seeds, bio-fertilisers and summer vegetables were distributed to two SHGs present.
Tuensang: ATMA Tuensang, Thonoknyu block conducted a demonstration programme on February 1 at Peshu village (Thangoun). 
The programme covered topics such as demonstration of coffee, cardamom cultivation, kitchen gardening, application and use of Trichoderma, NPK and neem oil.
Resource persons of the programme were LRD Sipong, Achet Longchar and I Yanger from ATMA respectively, Altogether 25 farmers and one SHG attended the programme.
Tsaru block conducted demonstrations at Old Chungliyimti village on January 28.
A press release by ATMA Tuensang stated that resource person agriculture officer Longkhim, Trithiba Sangtam demonstrated on deworming in pigs and emphasised on nutrition and improving on backyard pig production. ATM, Khatemenla highlighted the importance of neem products and its potential in organic agriculture and assistant technology manager, Tiyongnaro demonstrated on pest control and disease management of mustard and garden pea.
Each farmer was provided with one month old bokchoy seedlings and yellow sticky traps which were then installed in their respective fields. 
Altogether, 14 farmers attended the programme along with block convener and ATMA functionaries.
ATMA Tuensang, Noksen block also conducted demonstration programme on January 28 and 29 at Ngoungchung and Bumpak villages.
A press release by ATMA Noksen block stated that resource persons ATM, Wetosangla and ATM, Tangekeiba spoke on shitake mushroom cultivation, land preparation of French bean cultivation, value addition of ginger and nursery raising of tomato.
At Ngoungchung village, resource person demonstrated preparation of ginger candy for value addition of ginger and steps of shitake mushroom cultivation, while on second day at Bumpak village, demonstration on land preparation of French beans and nursery raising bed for tomato were demonstrated. Interaction between farmers and resource person was held followed by distribution of seeds and farm equipment. 15 farmers participated in the programme along with ATMA functionaries.
Longleng: ATMA, Tamlu block organised demonstration on the topic, “production technology of orange, stink bean (yongchak) and areca-nut’’ on January 22 at areca nut Farm School at Tamlu village. 
A press release by PD ATMA and DSO, T Mhao Humstoe stated that resource person, AI, Chingsang Phom spoke on importance of maintaining of nursery beds and raising seedlings for about a month or two before transplanting to main field, timely application of manures, timely weeding and post harvest management. He further explained how to manage pest and diseases and emphasised on need to provide optimum spacing for healthy growth. There was also interaction session with farmers and disseminating technical knowledge for better cropping.
The block also organised demonstration on January 21 under the topic, “packages of practices on large cardamom, black pepper & betel vine” at Ametchong village. 
Resource person, agriculture inspector Tamlu block, Chingsang Phom stressed on the importance on the need of nursery beds raising for about a month or two before transplanting it to the main field, mulching, timely weeding and post harvest management. 
ATMA Longleng block conducted a demonstration programme on packages of practices of onion, radish and tomato at an integrated farm school located on January 22 at Orangkong village.
Resource person KVK Longleng A. Namei demonstrated on raised nursery bed preparation and also advised the farmers on the transplanting period, space management and weed management for healthy plant growth. 15 farmers participated and benefited from the programme.
Phek: ATMA Phek, Meluri block carried out demonstration programme on January 20 and 21 at Akhegwo and Meluri villages. Resource persons of the programme were ATMA functionaries ATM Visapa Movi, ATM Neilhui Lasuh, ATM Nuzo and ATM Vitsonuo Solo. 
A press release by ATM Meluri block Visapa Movi stated that a stepwise procedure on application of bio-fertiliser to treat maize seed, tuber vegetables like potato, ginger, colocasia and turmeric were shown to the farmers. Bio-fertilizers such as azotobacter, phosphotika and trichoderma were distributed to the farmers.
ATMs Neilhui Lasuh and Vitsonuo Solo also demonstrated on pickle making with locally available raw materials. Maize-sheller provided by the department was also distributed to the farmers after the demonstrations. Altogether, 43 farmers from different FSGs and FIGs participated.
Zunheboto: ATMA Suruhuto block, Zunheboto conducted demonstration programme at various villages. 
A press release by ATMA Suruhuto block stated that “ecosystem approach to inland fishery” was conducted at Fishery Farm School, Suruhuto Town on January 28 with ATM, Kaoto Zhimo as resource person.
Resource person demonstrated framework of fishery management and by applying cow dung and potassium permanganate treatment for common fish pathogen such as gill parasites, external bacterial and fungal infections. 
“Organic plant protection method on vegetable crop” at Phuye Old was demonstrated by ATM, Moanenla, by use of locally available materials and importance to produce higher quality crops with minimal wastage. 
On January 29, demo on “Enhancing animal health with vitamin supplements” at Cattle Farm School, Tichipami village was conducted by BTM, Livika Zhimomi.
She highlighted on the importance of high quality supplements for improving health and performance of livestock. Vitamins, de-worming medicine and mineral mixture were distributed to the farmers. 
Altogether, 20 farmers and ATMA officials participated in the training programme.
Kiphire: ATMA Kiphire Longmatra block organised demonstrations on ‘‘oyster mushroom cultivation’’ targeting women Self Help Groups (SHGs) and “cultivation practices of green pea and tomato’’ at Tsongphong village on January 29.
A press release from ATMA Kiphire, Longmatra block stated that resource person ATM Longmatra block, Tsungrozen demonstrated and deliberated on benefits of mushroom cultivation and its contribution in elevating the economic status of the family.
He stressed on cultivation practices and health benefits of green pea and tomato which can be grown in any kitchen garden. Mushroom spawns and seeds of green pea and tomato were distributed at the end of the programme to the beneficiaries.
Meanwhile, two other demonstration programmes were conducted by ATMA Longmatra block on February 1, at Longmatra village under the topics “double row system in pineapple cultivation’’ and ‘’organic mulching practices’’. Moakumzuk, BTM Longmatra block emphasised the important steps for implementing double row system in pineapple cultivation which gives more profit, allows maximum use of land, less weed infestations and protect the plant from sun burn and lodging of fruits due to mutual support of plants and also encouraged the participants to practice organic mulching for its relative low cost, improving organic content of soil, moisture and temperature, infiltration, etc. 36 farmers attended the demonstration programme along with ATMA officials.

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