Kohima, October 23 (NEx): Two days farmer’s training on Horticulture avenues to empower Self Help Groups for sustainable income was held at GHSS Noklak, on October 21-22, 2020.
The two days program was organized by Central Institute of Horticulture, Department of Agriculture, Medziphema, Dimapur under the initiative of Noklak Police Department led by Superintendent of Police office. Altogether, 54 trainees attended the program as representatives of Self Help Groups and Thang Range Public Organization. Onion Seeds and Guava saplings were also distributed to the farmers during the training.
Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Commissioner, Noklak Reny Wilfred IAS spoke on the scope of the Agri allied production in the region and shared on the prospect of market avenues for the farmers. He encouraged participants to learn which may lead to export of the products if made qualitatively. He also explained on the potential of ginger, tapioca, rice at Noklak and stated that administration will fully support every initiative of farmers.
Superintendent of Police Noklak, Dr. Pritpal Kaur IPS in her speech stated that, the farmers have to shift from traditional style of farming into a Scientific method in order to increase the production and also to enhance the quality. Encouraging the Self Help Group, Dr. Pritpal Kaur said, Farmers are the best people in the world and the backbone of the society. She advised the trainees to learn properly and as master trainers they should now train other farmers after learning. She also stated that this will lead to increased livelihood of farmers and help in supporting their financial requirements for their families and education of their children.
AHS, Central Institute of Horticulture Dr. Moasosang Longkumer spoke on awareness on Horticulture Avenues. He said that horticulture is one of the important aspects for sustainability of livelihood. He also explained the concept of high density and meadow orchard in Guava. This is a shift in Farmer’s perception from production to productivity and profitability which can be achieved through high density planting. Higher and quality production is achieved from densely planted orchards, he added. He also shared on the concept of Floriculture and Agriculture.
Post harvest technologist, Vinika Aomi explained in detail with hands-on training on processing and value addition of Horticulture Crops on Guava Juice preparation, Jack Fruit Chips, Green Chilies Pickles and Ginger Candy. She imparted knowledge on Mushroom Cultivation, Kiwi Candy and Mango Pickles, and also, STA, Central Institute of Horticulture, Mhasi demonstrated on Nursery Raising of Onion Farming.
The program was chaired by UBSI Mongthei khiam and invocation was said by Chaplain Muno Noklak Police church, while vote of thanks was delivered by, President Khiamniungan Menyiu Hoikam, Newkai.