A 5-days Training Program on Improved Production Technologies for Doubling Farmers Income was conducted at ICAR-VPKAS, Almora for 19 Subject Matter Specialists (SMS) of Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Zone VII of North East Region during 03-07 November 2019. The training was inaugurated at the experimental farm, ICAR-VPKAS, Hawalbagh by Dr. Arunava Pattanayak, Director ICAR VPKAS, Almora. Dr. Lakshmi Kant (Head Crop Improvement Division), Dr. N. Chandra (Nodal officer, Trainings and Head in-charge Social Science Section) and Dr. K.K. Mishra (Head in-charge, Crop Protection Section) graced the function. A brief introduction was given to the participants through a short film on ICAR-VPKAS and visit to the museum at Hawalbagh. Dr. A. Pattanayak, Director ICAR-VPKAS has given an inaugural lecture on Hill Agriculture and the Accomplishments of ICAR-VPKAS, Almora. He emphasized on the importance of Hill Agriculture and technological intervention for sustainable production by tapping the potentiality of hills. The training included lectures on hill agriculture coupled with hands-on training and exposure visits. Inauguration, museum visit and farm visit were conducted on the first day of the training program.
On the second day of training, there were 4 lectures and a visit to Workshop for exposure on farm implements and post harvest technologies developed at ICAR-VPKAS, Almora. The participants were exposed to efficient and drudgery reducing implements and value addition technologies. The third day started early morning with farm visit, visit to springs (naula) and water harvesting structures (polytanks). Lectures and practical sessions on IPM, Mushroom production, Nursery raising, Protected cultivation and nutri-garden were conducted. They were taken to the museum and laboratories at ICAR-VPKAS, Almora. The fourth day had an exposure visit to ICAR-Central Institute of Temperate Horticulture Regional Station, Mukteshwar. At ICAR-CITH RS, Mukteshwar, Dr. Raj Narayan and Dr. Arun Kishore showed the technologies of temperate fruits and vegetables developed by CITH and took them for a farm visit especially to apple mother-block, kiwi orchard and temperate vegetables.
The fifth day started very early morning with visits to Apiary, Protected cultivation and mushroom composting & production rooms. A lecture on effective communication technologies was conducted and a demonstration was made on voice SMS. The trainee Subject Matter Specialists and Scientists of ICAR-VPKAS had a discussion on various issues related to hill agriculture and exchange of ideas & technologies developed at North West and North Eastern region. A valedictory function was arranged with experience sharing and certificate distribution by Dr. Lakshmi Kant, in-charge Director. The training was coordinated by Dr. Nirmal. K. Hedau, Dr. R.K. Khulbe and Dr. J. Stanley, Scientists, ICAR-VPKAS, Almora.