ICAR insists on quality seeds for higher yield
Dimapur, April 15
Joint Director of Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), Nagaland Centre, Dr. Bidyut C Deka, has insisted on laying special emphasis on seed production as he said quality and timely availability of seeds is a crucial input in agriculture planning as well as to yield higher productivity.
Dr. Bidyut C Deka has directed all the concerned SMS to undertake seed production under their own discipline so that this crucial input could be made available to the farmers locally. He said this in his chairman remarks during the annual Scientific Advisory Committee meet of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Wokha, ICAR for NEH Region at KVK Wokha conference hall on April 7. Dr. Bidyut C Deka also emphasized on availability of quality germplasm for livestock components and directed SMS (Animal Science) to take necessary steps in this regards. He appreciated on successful completion of all the sanctioned projects and suggested to undertake proper monitoring of the projects so as to assess the level of success. While appreciating the achievements of the KVK, he has instructed to achieve the goal that has been set for the year 2014-15.
The main objective of the meeting and the progress report was delivered by N Khumdemo Ezung, Programme Co-ordinator (i/c), KVK, Wokha. He has presented details on achievement of ‘On farm trial’ conducted in various disciplines and suggested measures to be undertaken under the frontline demonstration programme.
Frontline demonstration on agriculture and livestocks was also presented in which it was suggested to undertake impact analysis to assess the level of adoption and acceptability. He also informed that KVK has undertaken massive soil sample collection covering all the blocks of the district adding the analysis of the samples were near completion. It was informed that very soon the KVK will come up with soil map which will benefit not only the farmers but the district Agri and allied department as well.
He also presented on the initiative undertaken by the KVK for the development of Integrated Farming Systems in Koio, Liphanyan and Okheye village for the purpose of demonstrating the farming system to the farming community.
Presentation was also made on the implementation of projects such as ‘Tribal sub plan’ by the KVK in which initiative such as poultry farming, piggery, seed production, integrated duck cum fish farming system, alder, orange and tree bean plantation under Agro-forestry models and rice based double cropping was undertaken. Project on National Horticulture Mission was also implemented in which three numbers of water harvesting structures were also constructed in the farmers’ field. National Food Security Mission was also implemented under the funding of District Agriculture Officer, Wokha in which line transplanting and System of Rice Intensification was successfully implemented.
The action plan for the year 2014-15 was presented by Dr. Sanjay Kr. Ray, SMS (Soil Science), which was accepted by the committee and further suggested to achieve all the goals that have been set by the individual officers.
Short speech was also delivered by Peter Yanthan, DAO, Wokha, in which he appreciated KVK staff for extending cooperation to the department whenever needed. Project Director, ATMA, Wokha has assured all possible help whenever required and at the same thanked the KVK staff for their co-operation. Short speeches were also delivered by the farmer representatives.
Altogether around 30 participants attended the meeting including scientist from ICAR, Jharnapani namely Dr. Rajesha and Dr. Rakesh, officers from District Agri and allied department, KVK and ATMA staff and successful farmers from different villages.
On the occasion, the Joint Director has felicitated Physao Ngullie, innovative farmers from Yanthamo village for preparation of jaggery (Gur). Physao Ngullie was awarded during the conference on innovative farmers held on March 26 at Tura, Meghalaya.