NEN conducts workshops on seeds and soil health

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Dimapur, May 20: The North East Network in collaboration with KVK-ICAR Porba organized a workshop on seeds and soil health with 71 farmers from Phor, New Phor and Wuzu village under Meluri Sub-division of Phek district on May 15. The workshop was organized to capacitate and enrich farmers in effectively managing the health of soil.
Dr. Esther Longkumer, senior scientist and head (in-charge) from KVK Porba deliberated on soil health management in agriculture, and spoke on the importance of maintaining soil health.
The degrading state of soil fertility was attributed as a result of unsustainable methods and practices of farming, she said and emphasized on having knowledge about the types of soil so that farmers can accordingly see to the nutrient requirement in their own lands through various organic means.
Dr Esther said there are three types of soils common in Phek district – Entisol, Ultisol and Enceptisol. She dwelt on sustainable agriculture through the use of organic fertilizers, bio-pesticides and locally available pest repellants such as neem leaves extraction and tobacco leaves.
The same workshop on seeds and soil health was earlier organized at NEN Resource Centre Chizami with 16 farmers from Chizami, Thetsumi and Enhulumi on May 9 with Dr Esther as the resource person who shared on the importance of maintaining soil health through various organic means.
Wekoweu Tsuhah, programme director NEN spoke on the values of indigenous food and farming system and encouraged participants to safeguard their natural resources against the exploitative influence from external agencies. She noted that the unsustainable farming practices pose a threat to our biodiversity while acknowledging the crucial role of community leaders in protecting the indigenous community’s rights over their resource.
At the end of the workshop farmers were demonstrated on how to make enriched compost pit with locally available resources. (Page News Service)