A six day’s inter-state farmers’ training program from September 25-30, 2019 was organized at the Experimental Farm, Hawalbagh of ICAR-VPKAS, Almora under North Eastern Hill (NEH) programme of ICAR-VPKAS, Almora. Seventeen progressive farmers representing 17 districts of four North Eastern Hill (NEH) states viz. Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura participated in this training program. The farmers were nominated by the Director, ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute (ATARI), Zone-VII, Umiam (Meghalaya) and was led by Dr. R.K. Chaurasia (Nodal Officer), Senior Scientist, KVK, Nagaland University.Director, ICAR – Vivekananda Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan Sansthan (VPKAS), Almora in his inaugural address apprised the farmers about the role of the institute in integrated development of hill agriculture. He emphasized the need to adopt modern agro-production technologies for income enhancment and assured all technological support from the institute.
Dr. Nirmal Chandra, Coordinator, Training Cell, informed that these training programmes were aimed at wider and effective dissemination of suitable agro-production technologies in NEH region. In the training programme, information on important crop production technologies was imparted to the farmers with major focus on production technologies of vegetable crops and mechanization. Apart from class room teaching, visits to institute museum, farm machinery workshop, organic farm, apiary unit, water conservation, mushroom composting unit and model village Bhagartola (Almora) were also organized. In their feedback, the farmers mentioned non-availability of quality seed of improved varieties as their major constraint and also showed interest in adoption of polyhouse cultivation, farm machinery and maize hybrids. According to the farmers, technologies developed at ICAR-VPKAS will be very useful for NEH region also. Training manual and ICAR-VPKAS Technology Inventory for ready reference were also provided to the farmers. Seed samples of improved crop varieties of maize and vegetable crops were also given to the farmers. The training programme was coordinated by Dr. B.M. Pandey, Dr. N.K. Hedau and Dr. R.K. Khulbe.