Friday, August 19, 2022

SASRD NU Medziphema organises awareness programme

The department of GPB, School of Agricultural Sciences & Rural Development (SASRD), Nagaland University (NU), Medziphema in collaboration with State Agricultural Research Station (SARS), Yisemyong, under Mokokchung district organised a farmers awareness programme on July 5.
In a press release, department of GPB, SASRD NU, Medziphema informed that joint director, SARS, Temsiunla urged upon the farmers to recognise the adverse effects of climate change.
She said that farmers need to alter agricultural practices in order to mitigate the ill effects of climate change in agricultural crops.
Meanwhile, assistant professor and coordinator, Millets Scheme, department of GPB, NU SASRD, Dr. Pankaj Kumar Shah emphasised on the nutritional importance of millets.
He said that owing to richness in nutrition, the millets have been regarded as nutri-cereals and pointed out that they were high in dietary fibre, devoid of gluten and good sources of minerals and vitamins which he said, were needed for normal functioning of humans.
He also provided a brief overview about millets promotion scheme sanctioned to SASRD by ICAR-Indian Institute of Millets Research, Hyderabad.
Further, Dr. Pankaj informed that a primary processing unit for Millets is being established at department of GPB, SASRD, NU, Medziphema so that initial processing and value addition of millets could be done.
Speaking with farmers, senior scientist & head, KVK, Yisemyong, Dr. Keviletsu Khathe and assistant chief technical officer, KVK, Mokokchung, Dr. Tokiho Achumi said that millets were smart crops since they were helpful in treating diabetes and hypertension.
Dr. Achumi highlighted the importance of various millets with power point presentation while Thepfukolie Kehie and Barbara Humtsoe delivered presentations on enhanced jhum composting and climate change.
Altogether, 60 farmers from nearby villages participated in the programme.

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