ATMAs conduct trainings and demonstrations across Nagaland

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 2/24/2021 1:10:43 PM IST

Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) conducted various activities across Nagaland during the month of February for the welfare of farmers. 

Peren: ATMA Peren, Peren block conducted demonstration at three farm schools in New Puilwa, Peren village and Mhainamtsi village on February 11 and 12.
A press release by ATMA, Peren block stated that resource person, fishery demonstrator, Peren, Chubatemjen demonstrated on fishery pond management and ATMA officials Kibale and Kekiepeu Nza demonstrated on nursery bed preparation, neem leaf extract, preparation of ginger candy and Bordeaux mixture and use of pheromone trap.
Earlier during the programme, neem oil, bordeaux mixture, hand gloves, hand sprayer, and seeds were also distributed to the farmers.  Altogether 51 farmers attended the programme.
ATMA Peren, Ahthibung block conducted block activities on February 5 and 6 at pineapple and piggery farm school in Pellhang and Inbung village with senior scientist & KVK Peren Head (i/c), Dr. Babita Devi, BTT Convenor, Orenthung Odyuo, agri. inspector, Isapeule and ATMA functionaries as resource persons.
Dr. Babita briefly taught farmers on care and management of new born piglets to prevent infection and reduce mortality of young piglets. Farmers were further briefed with Instructions on how to treat navel cord, what feed and supplements to be provided, and importance of colostrum made aware. Altogether 40 farmers attended the programme.  
Mon: ATMA Mon, Angjangyang block organised a demonstration programme at Kenjenshu village covering three villages on February 18 and 19.
The demonstration programme on detailed field nursery bed preparation for coffee and lettuce was initiated by ATM Leiwang Konyak who also elaborated on advantages of raising seedlings in nursery such as protecting from pest and diseases, economy of land usage (duration reduced), easy weed control, reduced field management cost and healthy crop uniformity etc.
Meanwhile, BTM Nemchaba Jamir demonstrated on Bordeaux mixture for management of leaf spot disease in vegetables and plants and use of yellow sticky traps for controlling insects. Two food security groups from Changnyu and Kenjenshu village were mobilised and the programme concluded with group interactions. 32 participants benefitted from the programme.
ATMA Mon, Tizit block conducted demonstration programme on “method of soil sampling for soil testing” at Zakho village on February 13. 
A press release by ATMA Tizit block stated that resource person, Nchumthung Murry highlighted on the importance of soil health and regular testing of soil for fertility management thereby enhance crop protection and productivity in a long term. Method of field soil sampling for soil testing was also demonstrated to participants. 
ATMA Mon, Aboi block conducted demonstration on February 18 on the topic “cultivation of yard long beans” at Chinglong village with Linota as resource person who demonstrated on soil preparation, spacing between plants and trellising using bamboo poles. SHG group from Chinglong village along with farmer friends attended the programme. 
ATMA Mon, Phomching block conducted training programme at Nyahnyu village on February 18 with resource person, ATM, Dr. Pangtun Konyak training on the topic “importance of vaccination and deworming in pigs”.  He explained that vaccines were given in order to stimulate immune response which will protect pigs against diseases caused by viruses, bacteria, bacterial toxins or parasites. He further urged participants to regularly deworm pigs so as to increase their growth and efficiency. After the programme dewormers were distributed among the participants. ATMA Mon block conducted training and demonstration programme on value addition of pineapple on February 16 at Hongphoi village. 
Resource person, ATM Manlen Longcha explained about nutritional and health benefits of tropical fruit. She elaborated on different products that could be processed from fruits such as squash, juice, jam, etc. 
Altogether 17 participants participated in the programme. 
Meanwhile, ATMA Mon conducted training at Kongan village training and demonstration programme on organic vegetable production at Kongan village on February 17. A short video on organic and conventional farming was also televised to the participants, while vegetable seeds and mushroom spawns were distributed to the participants. 18 women farmers attended the programme.  
Mokokchung: ATMA Mokokchung organised training on Shiitaki mushroom cultivation for farmers hailing from Mokokchung district on February 19 at Kashiram Dimapur. Dr. Sosang Longkumer was the main resource person along with interns of SASRD Medziphema and farmers from Mokokchung.
Zunheboto: ATMA Zunheboto, Akuhaito block conducted demonstration on seed treatment of sugarcane for propagation and vaccination of poultry at sugarcane farm school at Akuhaito village, while pit preparation for banana cultivation and preparation of banana peel fertilizer was conducted at Banana Farm School, Akuhaito Village on February 8.
A press release by ATMA Akuhaito block stated that resource persons, farm teacher, Hekato Assumi, farm teacher, Akavi Shohe, ATM, Kivibo Achumi, and BTM, Azungla Longchar briefed farmers on Ranikhet and Gumboro.
They were further trained on pest control using easily available household items, and were taught use of banana peel as fertilizers.  The release further added that demonstration on sucker multiplication for large cardamom was also conducted at Cardamom cum coffee farm school, Khrimtomi Village on February 10. 25 farmers attended the training programme while poultry feeders, gardening tools, poly bags, spray triggers were also distributed to participants.
Kohima: ATMA Kohima, Botsa block conducted demonstration on oyster mushroom cultivation and application of Bordeaux mixture at Teichuma village on February 2 with resource person as BTM Khrievi Tachu. 
A press release by ATMA Botsa block stated that the resource person deliberated on mushroom cultivation targeting women SHG’s.
Meanwhile, demonstrations on operation of farm machineries (power tiller), green manuring (Dhaincha) were conducted at Seiyhama and Tuophema village on February 2 and 3 respectively.  Resource person, ATM, Neitsizo Zumvu emphasised on modern and advanced system of farm standards through farm mechanisation. ATM Hainenle Tep highlighted about green manure (Dhaincha) and shared about various practices involved with it such as time of sowing, seed rate and method of sowing, irrigation schedules, etc.
Altogether 33 farmers from various FSGs and FIGs attended the demonstration programmes.


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