A five days training program on “Improved Natural Resource Management Technologies for Hilly Region” was organized for the farmers by ICAR–Vivekananda Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan Sansthan, Almora at its Experimental Farm, Hawalbagh during 02 to 06 March 2020. The training was conducted under Scheduled Caste Sub-Plan (SCSP) programme of ICAR-VPKAS, Almora. A total 25 progressive farmers from the Ramgarh and Ramnagar blocks of Nainital district of Uttarakhand participated in the training program.
Dr. B.M. Pandey, In-Charge, Social Science Section & Coordinator, Training Cell, ICAR–Vivekananda Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan Sansthan (VPKAS), Almora in his inaugural address apprised the farmers about the role of ICAR-VPKAS in integrated development of hill agriculture and how best farmers can enhance their livelihood by adopting improved agricultural technologies. Dr. N.K. Hedau, Principal Scientist stressed on horticulture component as a part of agriculture for improving the income. Dr. Sher Singh, Nodal Officer said that SCSP programme will help in disseminating the ICAR-VPKAS technologies widely and effectively. The training program mainly focused on improved natural resource management technologies for hilly region while imparting knowledge on overall crop production technologies for hills. Apart from the class room training, farmers were exposed to model village Bhagartola (Almora) in addition to visit of Institute’s organic farm, farm machinery workshop, museum, experimental farm, protected cultivation and mushroom composting unit. Various lectures (theory and practical) were imparted to the farmers.
The valedictory function was conducted on 6th March 2020 in which farmers expressed their feedback regarding training programme. They all appreciated the steps taken by ICAR-VPKAS, Almora. They said that the training programme is helpful for them for uplifting their livelihood. During the valedictory session, certificates were distributed to the progressive farmers on successful completion of training programme by Dr. Lakshmi Kant, Director (Acting) of the Institute. Dr. Lakshmi Kant, Director (Acting) stressed that farmers should adopt the improved technologies and must concentrate on post harvest management of fruits and vegetables for improving farm income. The small farm tool kit and mushroom production material was distributed to all the participants. Six Agri Canons were also distributed to the farmers. The training program was coordinated by Er. Utkarsh Kumar, Dr. Jitendra Kumar and Dr. Shyam Nath.