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CIH Medziphema organic cultivation of onion

CIH Medziphema organic cultivation of onion
Women SHGs harvesting onion crop at Punglwa ‘B’ village.
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 6/4/2020 9:50:37 AM IST

Central Institute of Horticulture (CIH), Medziphema conducted an off farm demonstration from months of January to May on cultivation of onion variety “Nasik Red” at Punglwa ‘B’ village, under Dimapur district, with objective to promote cultivation of onion in the state which is considered as non-traditional area for onion.

A press release from CIH Medziphema stated that, the institute provided the onion seeds (var red) to women SHGs of Punglwa ‘B’ village and also demonstrated proper hands on training to the farmers during land preparation, sowing and transplanting of onion seedlings. 

Owing to low and fragmented land holding, the demonstration was conducted in 4 different plots covering a total area of 0.3 acre. 

As per the objective of the programme, only organic inputs like FYM and bio formulations (Jeevamrutham) were used. The bio formulation was prepared by the farmers under the proper guidance of technical staff. 

Harvesting was done 16 weeks after transplanting of onion seedlings. The farmers received a total yield of 5 quintal, which were sold in the local market.

Demonstration was identified as successful as the yield was satisfactory and the institute has decided to go for further trials on demonstration of organic onion cultivation in future to popularize and encourage the farmers.

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