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The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (Research Complex) for North East Hill Region, Arunachal Pradesh Centre, Basar, in collaboration with Krishi Vigyan Kendra Anjaw and Namsai, organised a training-cum-input distribution programme under the ‘Tribal Sub Plan’ and ‘promotion of seed spices’ at Kibithoo Circle, Anjaw and Momong Circle on February 4 and 6, respectively.
Dr H. Kalita, Joint Director, ICAR (RC) for NEH Region, Arunachal Pradesh Centre chaired the programme which witnessed the participation of 80 farmers.
Kalita advised the farmers to focus on summer vegetable (cucurbits, French bean, tomato, chilli, brinjal, etc.) cultivation that would simultaneously increase the tribal farmer’s income while Dr Thejangulie Angami, Scientist (Fruit Science), explained the scientific method of summer vegetables and seed spices cultivation.
Dr Ampee Tasung, Scientist (Soil Science), Dr Doni Jini, Scientist (VEE) and Dr Rajesh A. Alone, Scientist (Agroforestry) highlighted a range of topics including soil nutrient management of summer vegetables, animal waste as manure and inter-cropping of vegetables in an agroforestry system.
They also held an open scientist-farmers interaction to understand and redress the concerns of farmers followed with input distribution of summer vegetables to the farmers.
Seeds of summer vegetables like (bitter gourd-1 kg, bottle gourd–500 g, pumpkin–1 kg, cowpea-500 g, chilli–500 g, okra-2 kg, French bean–2 kg, tomato–1 kg, sponge gourd-1 kg, ridge gourd–1 kg, cucumber-1 kg, coriander-7.5 kg, palak-7.5kg, brinjal-1kg), seed spices (cumin–2.5 kg, fenugreek–2.5 kg, nigella–2.5 kg, dill–2.5 kg), field crop (maize-15 kg), vermin beds-4, knapsack sprayer-5 and animal health aids (antibiotics, multivitamin, mineral mixture) were distributed to the farmers.
(Edited by Ladiangti Rani)