ATMAs conduct training and demonstration programmes

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 7/23/2021 1:43:56 PM IST

Agriculture Technology Management Agencies (ATMAs) conducted various training and demonstration programmes for the farmers across the state.

Tsurangkong block: Tsurangkong block Mokokchung conducted training and demonstration from July 13 to July 17 at Shihaphumi, Moayimti and Satsukba villages. 

A press release by the block informed that the training was conducted on preparation of waste decomposer and demonstration on cultivation practices of maize by resource persons, BTM Moanukshi Ao and ATM Temsumongba respectively.

The block also opened a farm school on fish farm at Shihaphumi village on July 17 with Atoho as farm school teacher. Resource person BTM ATMA Tsurangkong block, Moanukshi spoke on the role of farm teacher. He also highlighted on the objectives and functions of a farm school. 

Ghathashi block: Ghathashi block under Pughoboto sub-division conducted a training and three demonstration programmes at Ghathashi, Pughoboto and Mishilimi on July 16.

A press release by ATMA Ghathashi block informed that resource person, ATM Dziesevotuo John Belho conducted demonstration on pile/heap composting at Ghathashi where demonstration on various application methods of composting making from organic waste to ensure better use of farm waste and to cut down fertilizer cost was carried out.

Another demonstration on mulching at Pughoboto was demonstrated to the farmers. A training at Mishilimi village on the topic “soil and moisture conservation” was also conducted by ATM Kerilhoulie Rulu highlighting different methods and techniques in conserving soil and moisture, followed by demonstration on nursery bed preparation on proper method and practices of nursery bed preparation. 

Altogether 20 SHGs from Ghathashi, Pughoboto and Mishilimi were benefited from the programme.

Chukitong block: Chukitong block on July 14 conducted field day on maize cultivation at N Longidang where resource persons and farmers exchanged ideas and solutions on farming problems between farmers and block extension workers.

Meanwhile, on July 15, training on packages and practices of ginger cultivation was conducted at N. Longidang village by Phyobeni Mozhui AO Wokha. The resource person stressed on its importance and the necessity for adoption of improved cultivation techniques for increasing productivity, followed by establishment of farm school on ginger cultivation, comprising of 15 members.

BTT convenor, Zuthunglo Erui also demonstrated on use of maize sheller and its efficiency compared to traditional practices. A maize sheller, hand sprayers, cowpea seeds were distributed to the farmers. 

Altogether 15 farmers, four ATMA officials and two resource persons from agriculture department attended the programme.

Chuchuyimlang block: ATMA Chuchuyimlang block organised a two day training, demonstration and inauguration of farm school programme on July 19 and 20 at Longkong and Yaongyimti Old villages respectively.

Farm school on integrated farming system (crop-livestock-poultry-fishery model) was inaugurated at Longkong village on July 19 at Suteplenden Farm and Imnatoshi, the owner of the farm was appointed as the achiever farmer/farm school teacher.

At a short inaugural programme, ATM Lipoktila, Chuchuyimlang block elaborated on the concept and function of farm school. ATM, Akangjungshi, Ongpangkong south block emphasised on the components and advantages of integrated farming system.

Further, farm school teacher, Imnatoshi shared his experience and history of the farm. Two classes were conducted at the farm school on the topics, “demonstration on cultivation of azolla” and “training on mass multiplication of waste decomposer on aqueous media and its uses”.

Demonstration on preparation of waste decomposer solution and salient features and its uses in composting, drip irrigation, seed treatment, etc., were imparted by ATM Lipoktila at the farm school. 

ATM, Chubaienla Jamir briefed the students on the advantages and uses of azolla and method demonstration on cultivation of the same was followed. Similar demonstration on azolla was carried out at Yaongyimti old village on July 20 with 10 participants.

Training on “integrated pest management in rice” was conducted at Longkong village on July 19. Resource person, ATM Shilunokdang, Tuli block briefed the farmers on the important pest of rice such as stem borer, rice leaf folder, gundhi bug, rice casewarm, faw and rodents that were prevalent in the area and explained on how to identify them.

He further demonstrated on the application of IPM kits which were provided to the farmers and highlighted on the preparation of various ITK’s with cheap and easily available resources that were both effective and eco-friendly.

Maize and Maize shellers were also distributed to the participants in both the villages.

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