FXB India Suraksha, Imphal and KVK, Imphal East jointly organized a one day awareness program on “Agri and Allied Activities and Karif Campaigned” at Conference Hall of Kanghuchingjin Village, Imphal East, Manipur on April 30, 2019.
The main objective of the programme was to sensitise the villagers about the available services under Krishi Vigyan Kendra,KVK; latest technologies in agriculture, and other available short and long term vocational training courses on vegetable, floriculture, beekeeping, dairying, mushroom, organic farming and protective cultivation etc. for rural youth for self-employment. Over 50 villagers especially women and men participated during the a day long awareness programme.
Smt. Monibala Devi, I/C Head KVK, Imphal East; Nandini Chongthama, SMS, KVK, Imphal East; Gunajit Oinam, SMS, KVK, Imphal East; Dr. Th. Sushikumar Singh, Prog. Asst, KVK, Imphal East; Dr. H. Ramananada Singh, SMS, KVK, Imphal East; and Dr. Priyadarshini Salam, SMS, KVK, Imphal East, were the chief guests cum resource persons for the programme.
The sessions were organised on crop strategies for increase productivity of crops, diversification during Kharif for doubling farmer’s income, water harvesting for increase productivity, integrated pest management, High Value horticulture crops, value addition for enhancing rural livelihood and economy and entrepreneurship development through livestock and poultry.
The day long training programme started with a session of Mr. Sunil Meitei, Project Officer, FXB India Suraksha introducing the purpose and objective of the training programme. He stressed upon the fact that People in the rural area are mainly believe on their hard works. Most of them don’t know the advance method of agriculture, and the allied activities they can do beside the agriculture. They don’t know the available existing government services which leaded them not to get the services.
He further said that such awareness program is very much important so that people can know and tide up with the government schemes. But, most of the people in rural area don’t feel interest in any awareness program by losing their daily wages.
Dr. Th. Sushilkumar Singh, Prog. Asst. KVK Imphal East (Andro) delivered that the KVK, Imphal East trained many famer on Livestock farming like piggery, dairy farming, poultry and Duckery etc. Many farmer club have been facilitated to get fund/loans in convergence with other institution like NABAARD & other Banks.
He further encourages the villager to have similar facilities under KVK. Nandani Chongtham, SMS, KVK, Imphal East (Andro) delivered her speech on crops strategies for increasing productivity. She said many new verities of paddy have been introduced by Central Agricultural University (CAU). Selecting the best paddy for agriculture is good idea and it will increase in productivity.
The SRI methods will also help the farmers to get more products. People should aware the required quantity of fertilizer for the crops. The department now have the rice transplantor which can be used in advance cultivation. She also introduced some other livelihood activities like Soya beans & green gram cultivation, Mushroom farming which can be done at home beside the main crops which may help the family to get more income. Mr. Gunaji Oinam, SMS, KVK, Imphal East (Andro) introduce the difference structure of wall water harvesting in three different type of land like hills, upland & lower land.
Smt. S. Molibala Devi, Program Coordinator I/C, KVK, Imphal East (Andro) delivered that people can earns money from food processing and adding the values. Villagers can established food processing unit with the available resources like tomato, Mango, Gooseberry, plums and other seasonal food and vegetables. She also suggested following the precaution and guideline under FSSI. It is good that people of Manipur have started earning money through food processing.
She also suggested to all the people who are doing the food processing to mention the integrants, manufacturing and best before date. She further said that people can do banana plantation from where fruits can be sold to the market, yarn can be produce from the banana trees and many products can be made of the yarns.
Dr. H. Ramananda Singh, SMS, KVK, Imphal East (Andro) took his session on important of integrated pest management. He said farmers may get lost if the pests are not managed in time. So integrated pests management is required. People used to focus on control of the pest which leaded side effect to present cultivation. Dr. Priyadarshini Salam, SMS, KVK, Imphal East (Andro) delivered her speech on important of high value horticulture crops. It includes growing vegetables, fruits and flowers. Nowadays strawberry, which was considered a fruit can be grown only in other state; have been produced in our state Manipur.
The day long programme which was jointly organized in association with KVK, Imphal East, CAU, (Andro) in with suggestions and recommendations. The villagers were asked to select suitable livelihood activities for vocational training program. The KVK, CAU, Imphal East (Andro) gave their commitment for organising the vocational training on their selected livelihood activities soonest.