More ATMA activity reports from across the state

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 7/6/2018 11:46:16 PM IST
Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) is an agency aimed at bringing new and improved technologies and methods to farmers. In its continual efforts towards this objective, it has been conducting various activities across the state. Following are some reports of their programs.
Kuhuboto block: ATMA Dimapur, Kuhuboto block inaugurated a mulberry farm school on May 25 at Ghokito village with Viqheli as farm teacher.
A press release issued by ATMA Dimapur stated that BTM (ATMA), Kuhuboto Block, Akavi Holo, highlighted the activities of ATMA while ASO & BTT convenor, Vilhousienuo, spoke about the role of farm teachers and the objectives and functions of a farm school. Farm teacher, Viqheli also shared on her experiences and the management she practices to sustain her family.
Botsa block: ATMA Botsa block, on May 26, inaugurated a farm school on integrated farming at Seiyhama village. A press release from ATMA Botsa block stated that the resource person BTM Botsa block, Khrievi Tachu, highlighted the purpose and guidelines of the farm school and advised the farm teachers to act as a backbone to guiding other farmers.
Neizonuo Thevo, who was appointed as the farm school teacher, also spoke at the programme. Trainings on weed managements and post harvest managements of banana and papaya were taken up by ATMs Medokhrielie and Hainenle Tep. The programme was followed by an interaction with the farmers. Altogether 18 farmers with four ATMA officials attended the program.
Dhansiripar block: ATMA Dhansiripar block inaugurated an “Oil Palm Farm School” on June 4, at Khekiho village in the presence of SDAO&BTT convenor, Ronchamo Kikon.
At the inaugural program, BTM Moainla described the farm school concept and role of farmer teachers.
A training program on “Pest management in oil palm” was also conducted at the farm school for beneficiaries with SDA &BTT convenor, Ronchamo Kikon as resource person. 
He gave a brief talk on oil palm cultivation. Thereafter, they went on a field visit where various discussions were held between the farmers and the resource person.
The program was attended by 20 farmers. Lime bags, small farm tools and rodenticides were also distributed among them and financial assistance was provided to the farm school teacher.
ATMA Kohima: ATMA Kohima district organised an inter-district farmers’ tour to Pfütsero under Phek district on June 5 with farmer representatives from all the blocks under the district. 
 The team visited one Ngupetso Kapfo’s Kiwi Farm School at Tsiikozhie (Pictured), a few kilometres away from Pfutsero village. 
He explained that training and pruning of the plant is very important so that they are disease free and for the yield to be good. 
Meanwhile, the farm school teacher demonstrated how to graft kiwi plants. The team also visited horticulture department, Phek district where some HRF members took the group to floriculture and nursery units of a Horticulture farm.
Later the team proceeded to a cabbage farm belonging to Zeweii, a progressive farmer at Lekromi, where she shared on how and where they cultivate and market their cabbages. 
The tour team was lead by Deputy Project Director, Rokosh?no Angela and her co-functionaries of ATMA Kohima district.
Niuland Block: ATMA Dimapur Niuland block, on June 8, mobilized a farm women’s Food Security Group (FSG) named “Kikimiye FSG” comprising of nine women members with Ashibo Kiba as the group president, at Hevikhe village.
According to a press release from ATMA Niuland, the FSG group’s activity includes turmeric and jute cultivation, spread over an area of 2 bighas.
ATM Niuland block Sentibenla, spoke on the methods of mulching in turmeric plantations.
Meanwhile, a banana farm school was also set up at with Hetoli (whose farm is spread over 3 bighas) as the farm teacher.  Later, in regard to their activities and to efficiently utilize their surplus farm resources for extra income the women farmers were trained on value addition to fruits and vegetables. BTM Nuiland block Demalu Hasnusa, explained the role of a farm teacher and the concept of FSG to the participants. 
Tuli Block: ATMA, Tuli block Mokokchung organised a training, demonstration and inauguration of farm school on June 12 and 13 at Tuli town, Luyong and Aopenzu villages respectively. Resources person Dr. Toshiwati farm manager, State Pig Breeding Centre Merangkong Nagaland trained the farmers on the topic of piggery farming on June 12. 
A demonstration on preparation of Bordeaux mixture and training on oyster mushroom was conducted by Imkipokyim ATM and Shilunokdang ATM Tuli respectively. On June 13 a “Rubber Farm School” was inaugurated at Aopenzu village. C. Alemyanger SDAO Tuli inaugurated the farm school and delivered the keynote address. The program was chaired by Imlisunep Ajem BTM Tuli which, in the later part of the day, was followed by a training on cultivation of soyabean by Mar, AFA Tuli. Altogether 71 farmers attended the program.

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