ATMAs conduct various activities across Nagaland

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 7/11/2018 12:12:20 AM IST
The Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) has been conducting various activities for welfare of farmers across the state.
Tuensang farmer’s exposure tour: ATMA Tuensang organised an “inter-state farmer’s exposure tour to Sikkim: from July 3 to 7, with 10 farmers and three ATMA officials. 
ATM Moatemsu, in a press release said, the team visited farm schools of different progressive farmers. The farms highlighted low cost polytunnel green houses for off-season vegetables, water conservation through Jalkund and CP Bhattarai model integrated organic farm, located at Assam Lingzey, Daragoan and Kameray East Sikkim. The farmers interacted with progressive farmers, where they were exposed to the importance of organic farming and various innovative technologies for organic farming. The purpose of the tour was to enhance and upgrade the skill and knowledge of the farmers on scientific farming techniques under the ATMA scheme programme (2018-2019). 
Sitimi block nutritional garden: ATMA Sitimi block conducted a training programme on nutritional garden on July 4 at Kisetong village. 
The program was chaired by ATM Sitimi Block, Kenei. Resource person of the program ATM Sitimi block, Lipok Ozukum, spoke on the role of kitchen gardening practices, its benefits in health and nutrition, enhanced income, self employment, food security within the household and cost effective and sustainable methods of producing organic vegetables. 
Training on the scientific method for yard long-beans and radish were imparted to the trainees and improved variety seeds of yard long-beans and radish were distributed to the trainees. Altogether 28 farmers attended the training. 
Longmatra block training session: ATMA Longmatra block in collaboration with Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) organized a training session on nutritional gardening on July 6 at Thetheyo village. A press release by ATMA Kiphire, BTM Longmatra block, Moakumzuk stated that, a brief introduction on Krishi Kalyan Abhiyan was given and resource person Tsarila Sangtam, ATM Longmatra block trained the farmers on how nutritional gardens could be used for better living and uplifting standards of living. She also spoke on land preparation, spacing and intercultural operations to be maintained. She encouraged the farmers to take up more farming activities which would help them raise their income. A total of 15 farmers attended the training. Vegetable seeds were distributed at the end of the program.
Nuiland block visits maize fields: ATMA Dimapur, Niuland block went on a joint visit to maize fields in Niuland, Hovukhu and Nikhekhu villages on July 7. In a press release, ATMA Dimapur, Nzamo Kikon mentioned that during the visit, stem borer infestations were observed in some fields.  Management practices against the pest were highlighted for the farmers by Dr. Lawrence Kithan, Scientist, AICRP, SASRD, Medziphema.
Peren block demonstration programme: ATMA Peren block, inaugurated an integrated farm school and conducted training and demonstration program at Ngwalwa village on July 7. A press release from ATMA Peren block stated that the resource persons were Along BTM, Kewichamsi Kaurinta ATM and Kibale ATMA. A demonstration on how to prepare detergents was given by Along BTM. Training on package and practices of pineapple was given by Kewichamsi, ATM. Package and practices of areca-nut was given by Kibale, ATM where she focused on the commercial aspects of the crop.The programme was chaired by Along, BTM and keynote address was given by Mapeuheile Ndang, agriculture officer and convener. Altogether 37 farmers attended the programme. 
Kisetong village: A three-day training on mushroom cultivation, vermicomposting, bee keeping and nutritional garden was conducted at Kisetong village under Kiphire district jointly by ATMA Kiphire and Krishi Kalyan Abhiyan Kiphire from June 20 to 22. 
A press release by ATMA Kiphire stated that training program started with a briefing on Krishi Kalyan Abhiyan by BTT convenor Setsiba.  Resource person BTM, Kiphire block, Kekosenuo Solo also trained the farmers on mushroom cultivation and the process involved. ATM, Kiphire block, Mahabemo Patton trained the farmers on bee management and extraction of honey. BTT convenor Setsiba spoke on vermicomposting and nutritional garden and how it could be used to uplift the economy and better their living standards. Vote of thanks was delivered by one of the farmers. A total of 31 farmers attended the training.
Thonokyu block demonstration programme: ATMA Tuensang, Thonoknyu block organised a training demonstration programme on June 20 and 21 at Thonoknyu town. A press release from ATMA Tuensang, Thonoknyu block stated that BTM, Achet Longchar, ATM Yanger Walling, and Kevi were the resource persons. Farmers were trained on various topics covering the package of practise of banana and cardamom, demonstration on the use of trichoderma, bordeaux mixture preparation, organic pesticide preparation, yellow sticky trap and nursery seed bed preparation were also covered. A new FSG (farmer security group) under the nomenclature “Haimeihoi” was formed with seven members. Altogether, 21 farmers from both Thonoknyu town and village and two SHGs participated in the programme. Farm school on Cardamom was also inaugurated with Suthem as the farm teacher.
Bhandari block: ATMA Wokha, Bhandari block conducted a block farmers’ advisory committee meeting on June 23 at Bhandari and formed a 10 member women Food Security Group (FSG). The FSG members were encouraged to take up kitchen gardening so that they could sustain themselves and their families. Altogether, 13 BFAC members along with the 10 members of the FSG attended the meeting. 

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