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Agriculture Officers’ coordination meet held

Nagaland News

Kohima, February 17: A one-day Agriculture officers’ co-ordination meeting was held today at conference hall of Directorate of Agriculture, Kohima.
Addressing at the inaugural session, M Ben Yanthan, Director of Agriculture, said that agriculture is the mainstay of the State’s economy.
Though the dependency for employment on agriculture and allied activities is on the decline, yet it continues to be the main source of livelihood for the people of the State, he said.
Yanthan said that the last few seasons have not been easy for farmers because of the pandemic, the drought-like situation and pests & disease incidence, the worst being FAW in maize.
He said that despite the pandemic during last few years, Agriculture Department has been at the forefront with the added challenges of creating employment opportunities for the returnees.
Also, due to resultant urban to rural migration, the Department is continuously giving extra effort towards effective implementation of various Centrally & State Sponsored Schemes, for timely delivery of the necessary advisories and agriculture inputs to the farmers, he added.
Yanthan said that the State Government has declared drought of moderate nature in Nagaland, adding that the worst is not over yet “as Kharif season approaches, we are experiencing unprecedented rain, hailstorms and extreme cold all over the State since January which will equally affect the crop seasons and its agronomic practices”.
Yanthan said that the advantage and beneficial usages the recently established Soil Testing Laboratories in district headquarters and 74 blocks by the Soil & Water Conservation Department and the Automatic Weather Forecasting Stations may be disseminated to the farmers to prepare them for various agricultural operations and control measures against pest & diseases.
Also, ATMA personnel may be roped in to organise need-based pre-Kharif awareness campaigns at the block or farm school level with technical trainings on specific crops, he added.
Further, Yanthan said that one very serious challenge faced by the Department is to make Agriculture attractive to rural communities, especially rural youths and educated unemployed.
During the second session of the programme, N Jacob Yanthan, JDA, gave a PowerPoint presentation on departmental activities, IPM and overview field application and field photos.
While seed testing certification and INM rain-fed farming was presented by Dr. I Amenla JDA, manures and fertilizers and natural and organic production aspect by Dr. James K Chawang, DDA and Organic Section.
(Page News Service)