Reports of ATMA activities from across Nagaland

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 6/30/2019 11:57:26 AM IST

Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) has been conducting various activities across Nagaland for the benefit and welfare of farming community.

Following are the reports. 
ATMA Wokha: ATMA Wokha, conducted interstate farmers exposure visit and training for a group of rubber growers of the previously established Rubber Farm School under ATMA from Wokha village to the Nucleus Rubber Estate and Training centre (NRETC), Rubber Board, Agartala, Tripura from June 25 to 30. 
A press release from ATMA Wokha, deputy project director, T. Subenthung Yanthan stated that, the team visited Manimalayar Rubber Pvt. Ltd & Tripura Latex Pvt. Ltd and Rubber Park ISNR & Centrifuged Latex factories, M S Industries by S.K Chakraborty, ADO. 
Farmers were also trained and taught thoroughly on rubber cultivation covering important topics. The team also visited Hrishidas Colony B.P units rubber farm and processing unit where practical demonstration on latex harvesting and, quality sheet production, packing and marketing and Tripura Latex site for different smoke house models were held. 
Earlier the introductory session was chaired by Shyamal Sen Jt. RPC and short speech was delivered by joint director RRS Dr. S.K Dey. Film was also screened on rubber and certificates were also distributed along with hand book on rubber. The team was led by two deputy project directors T. Subenthung Yanthan and Yangeln Y Jami along with eight rubber growers. 
ATMA Dimapur: ATMA Dimapur in collaboration with KVK (ICAR) Jharnapani conducted a one-day farmer scientist interaction programme at KVK training hall on June 12. 
A press release from ATMA Dimapur stated that, during the technical session, detailed explanation on Fall Armyworm (FAW) and its preventive measures, importance of timely sowing and cultivation practices, management and housing practices of rabbit and poultry, vaccination and disease management etc were discussed. Resource persons also discussed on fishery management, precautionary measures, fish feeds and feeding.
Resource persons included Jyotish Barman, programme co-ordinator and head i/c, KVK (ICAR), V. Kenny Rhetso, CTO (home science), KVK Jharnapani, Dr. Ebibeni Ngullie, CTO (animal science), KVK Jharnapani, Lireni Kikon, SMS (plant protection), KVK Jharnapani, Z. James Kikon, ACTO (soil science), KVK Jharnapani and Ch. Roben Singh, ACTO (agronomy), KVK Jharnapani.  
SHGs were also encouraged to go for the preparation of jackfruit chips and king chilly (raja mircha) pickle.
The programme was chaired by Chubanaro Jamir, BTM (Medziphema block), welcome address by Z. James Kikon, keynote by Jyotish Barman and vote thanks by Keneisanuo Keditsu, ATM, Chumukedima block. Altogether 23 participants attended the programme.
Chessore block: ATMA Chessore block Tuensang district conducted BFAC meeting, kisan ghostis, training and demonstration programme for farmers on various topics on May 23-25 at Sotokur and Y/Aunur village with BTT convener, AHO, Imnuksyngba and AFA, Mosa Soma as resource persons.
The resource person spoke on the topic awareness training-cum- demonstration on management of fall army worm on maize crop and gave detailed information on facts about fall army worm, their life cycle and reproduction. 
Demonstration on control measures was delivered and also shown the pest and disease which effect maize.
New food security group (FSG) was formed and mobilized, wherein seed money was given to two SHGs through direct benefit transfer. Altogether 58 farmers attended the training and demonstration programme in different villages. 
Chunlikha Block: ATMA Chunlikha block conducted BFAC meeting and demonstration programme on May 21-24 at KVK Tesophenyu and Chunlikha villages.
Resource person ACTO plant protection KVK Kohima, K. Michael Pienyii, gave a lecture on integrated pest management with special reference to fall army worm infesting maize crop.
He stated that this pest pose a potential threat to food security as it was a “polyphagus pest” with a host range of more than 80 crops. 
In case of severe infestation, Michael said IPM methods alone may not be effective so he advised farmers to go for chemical control and at the same time warned the farmers to use insecticides judiciously and apply only the recommended dosage.
Resource person ATM, Sinlo Khing, spoke on stages life cycle and identification of fall army worm.
Resource person BTM, Kekhriesielie, demonstrated on using of chemical pesticides its recommended concentration and precautionary measures while using in the field. 
A total of 14 farmers were benefited from the demonstration programme. Chemical pesticide named Emamectin benzoate and a sprayers was given to the farmers.
The BFAC meeting was chaired by ATM, Chenobu Seb where members from respective village discussed on topics for upcoming activities based on their farmer needs. 
Tuli block: ATMA, Tuli block, conducted awareness training on management of Fall Army Worm (FAW) on May 27 at SDAO office Tuli.
The programme was initiated by BTM Tuli, Imlisunep Ajem and welcome address was given by Agriculture officer Imsu Tuli. 
Resource person ATM Tuli, Shilunokdang Jamir, shared brief history about the occurrence of pest and how it has been spreading worldwide and ultimately reaching Nagaland. He explained about the pest infestation, its severity and management of fall army worm. 
He also emphasized on usage of Neem oil at initial stage and Emamectin Benzoate @ 4-5 grams per litre of water on the affected plant at severe stages and encouraged the farmers to keep keen observation and report immediately to the authorities for timely management.
Organic and chemical pesticides were provided and distributed by the District Agriculture office. Altogether 20 farmers attended the programme.
Chetheba Block: ATMA Chetheba block conducted training and BFAC meeting on May 27 at Thenyizu village.
A press release by the block stated that ATM, Raveyi Khesoh, gave training on backyard poultry and piggery and BTT convenor, Dzuthoru Chotso, talked on several issues related to paddy-cum-fish culture. 
Block Farmers Advisory Committee (BFAC) meeting was also held on the same day where ATM, Visavinuo Victoria, highlighted about the activities and the role of BFAC members. 
New food security group (FSG) under the name “Young group” was formed and mobilized with ten groups. Seed money was distributed to the new FSG and also to the SHG under the name “Dzüzü ginger cultivation”. Altogether 35 farmers along with ATMA officials attended the programme.


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