Nagaland: SAMETI imparts training on silkworm management
Dimapur, Sep. 2 (EMN): The State Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute (SAMETI), Medziphema, organised a two-day training programme on ‘Management practices of silkworm and silk using traditional and innovative applications’ for ATMA functionaries on August 30 and 31.
An update from SAMETI informed that the participants were trained on value-addition of ericulture such as eri rearing management, eri silkworm pupae pickle, eri finished product, package of practices of castor, cultivation and its management, post harvest processing of eri cocoons and silkworm (eri) rearing management.
Resource persons of the training were Vilhousienuo Khro, district sericulture officer, Kohima; Khrielie Solazuo, training assistant; Ngoiang Ongh, extension officer from the department of Sericulture, Dimapur; and Petekrietuo Medom.
During the training, various prospects on ericulture and silkworm were discussed and shared to uplift the farmer’s income through different traditional ways of harvesting silk from silkworm and value-added products such as weaving traditional (mekhalas) designs, pickle making etc., it stated.
It stated that the value-added products could fetch good price not only in the domestic markets but as well as from national and international markets. At the same time, it could promote the rich culture of Nagaland and its heritage through weaving and most importantly, helped farmers in doubling their income, it stated.
On the last day of the training, the ATMA officials were taken on a field visit at sericulture farm to encourage and boost the morale of the farmers.
At the valedictory programme chaired by SAMETI deputy project director, Yezaho Swu, participants from 11 districts gave feedback on the training. Certificates were distributed to the trainees by Dr. Watimongla Jamir, director of SAMETI and principal IETC.