Imphal, July 5,
A three days residential training programme on “Pest and Disease Management in Horticultural crops” under Krishi Kalyan Abhiyan -Aspirational District Chandel was launched today at ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Manipur Centre’s conference Hall, Lamphelpat . The training programme is organised by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Chandel in collaboration with Department of Horticulture and Soil Conservation, Chandel and sponsored by MIDH, Government of Manipur. Shri. K. Kipgen, Director, Horticulture and Soil Conservation,
Government of Manipur; Shri. Ksh. Birachandra Singh, Joint Director (H), Horticulture and Soil Conservation, Government of Manipur and Dr. I. Meghachandra Singh, Nodal Officer, KKA – Chandel & Principal Scientist (Seed Technology), ICAR Manipur Centre were the Chief Guest, Guest of Honour and President respectively. The launching programme was also participated by Dr. Deepak Singh, Sr. Scientist & Head, KVK Chandel and Honey Chara, District Officer, Horticulture and Soil Conservation, Chandel. The training is the third round of residential training under Horticulture for Krishi Kalyan Abhiyan.
K. Kipgen, Director, Deptt of Horticulture & Soil Conservation, Govt of Manipur emphasized that management of pests and diseases are a very important factor to increase the yield of horticultural crops and their market value. He appealed to the farmers to fully utilise the talent and expertise of the resource persons so that the new technologies and knowledge gained will be reflected in their respective horticultural and crop fields. Ksh. Birachandra, Joint Director (H), Deptt. of Horticulture & Soil Conservation, Govt of Manipur encouraged the farmers to utilised the training knowledge for increasing their income.
Dr. I. Meghachandra Singh, elaborated on the details of the activities taken up under Krishi Kalyan Abhiyan in Chandel. He highlighted that Chandel District is identified by NITI Ayog as one of the Aspirational District in the country. Krishi Kalyan Abhiyan is taken up in war footing in 25 villages in 115 Aspirational Districts all over the country in a convergence mode with KVKs as implementing agency along with the line departments of the State Governments and will be completed by 31st July, 2018. He informed the farmers to remain organic in nature and reduce severe soil degradation by reducing deforestation so as to retain the soil fertility and stressed that planting horticultural crops will play an important role in reducing the impact of global climate change. The launching programme was attended by staff of KVK Chandel and Horticulture & Soil Conservation Department, Chandel.