One day Awareness Programme of Cluster Demonstration on Organic Farming under Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) was conducted today at Bolok Village, Chakpikarong Block in Chandel District. The Programme was organised by KVK Chandel. PKVY is an extended component of Soil Health Management (SHM) under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS), National Mission on Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA). PKVY aims at supporting and promoting organic farming, in turn resulting in improvement of soil health. The programme was launched and initiated to promote organic farming through cluster approach. The objective is to produce agricultural products free from chemicals and pesticides residues by adopting eco-friendly, low-cost technologies. The gathering was briefed on the programmes and activities to be undertaken under PKVY. Training on “Importance of Organic Farming and its practices” and “Own Saved Seed Production for Organic Farming” was also conducted by Dr. Kl. Levish Chongloi, SMS (Agronomy) and Ts. Leenda Monsang, SMS (Plant Breeding) respectively. Later, field visit and group discussion was organised along with the farmers. The programme was attended by Bd. Monishing, Chief of Bolok Village and 52 farmers.
Kisan Mela was conducted from 20th – 23th December, 2019 and National Mushroom Day cum Kisan Diwas was also conducted on 23rd December, 2019 at ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Manipur Centre with the title Bridging Lab to Land Gap for Doubling the Farmers’ Income. The programme was organized by ICAR – Manipur Centre in collaboration with AICRP Centre on Mushroom, ICAR RC NEHR, Manipur Centre; Agri – Business Incubation Centre, ICAR RC NEHR, Manipur Centre and ICAR – KVK Imphal West, Chandel, Tamenglong, Ukhrul and Churachanpur. Dr. AK Tripathi, Director ATARI – Zone VI, Guwahati, Assam; Dr. Ratan Kumar Saha, Director, Department of Extension and Education, CAU; Kh. Saya Kiran Devi, Director, Directorate of Horticulture & Soil Conservation, Govt. of Manipur; Shri. K. Kipgen, Director (Retire), Department of Horticulture & Soil Conservation, Govt. of Manipur; Shri N. Premananda Singh, Mission Director (MIDH), Department of Horticulture & Soil Conservation, Govt. of Manipur and Dr. N. Prakash, Joint Director, ICAR RC RC NEHR were the presidium members.
One day District Level Workshop on Scientific Coconut Cultivation/Technology/Value addition was conducted at KVK Chandel today. The programme was organised by Coconut Development Board, Regional Office, Guwahati, Assam and Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Chandel. The programme was attended by Shri Krishna Kumar, IAS, Dy. Commissioner, Chandel as Chief Guest; Smt. Ts. Gladny Monsang, DAO – Chandel & Shri L. Mohori Singh, DO Horticulture & Soil Conservation, Chandel as Guest of Honour; Dr. N. Prakash, Joint Director, ICAR – Manipur Centre as Functional President and Shri Lunghar Obed, Director, Coconut Development Board, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Government of India, Regional Office, Guwahati as Special Guest. Shri Krishna Kumar, IAS was delighted to note that coconut workshop is organised in the district for the first time. He hopes the outcome of the workshop will be productive and beneficial for the farmers of the district. L. Mohori Singh assured the interested farmers in coconut cultivation to approach the horticulture department for necessary assistant. Smt. Ts. Gladny Monsang opined that suitable cultivation for coconut will be in Moreh and New Samtal area of Khengjoy block and also instilled the farmers of Chandel for cultivation of coconut as the climate is warmer and to adapt climate change and doubling their income. Dr. N. Prakash also highlighted that Chandel climate will be suitable for coconut cultivation as it becomes warmer due to climate change. He also said that cultivation of coconut will sustain their income in the long term and exhorted entrepreneurship development in coconut cultivation which will be beneficial for the farmer. Shri Lunghar Obed informed the farmers that coconut is costly in North East India as coconut production is taken up in Assam and Tripura only. He highlighted that coconut is mostly used for religious purpose and is highly demanded and said that it is also nutrient supplement for healthy living and possessed medicinal values. He added that value addition of coconut will be profitable for women entrepreneurs and SHGs and also shared the schemes available in Coconut Development Board for plantation of Coconut to the farmers. The welcome and keynote address was given by Dr. Deepak Singh, Head and Sr. Scientist. In the technical session, Dr. Chongtham Tania, Scientist (Horticulture), ICAR – Manipur Centre lectured on the topic Scientific Cultivation of Coconut and thereafter interaction programme was conducted between the farmers and the experts. The Workshop was attended by staff of KVK Chandel and 62 farmers from Moreh, New Samtal, Tengnoupal area and surrounding villages of District Head Quarter.
Chandel, 4/12/2019: Six days Skill Training Programme on Mushroom Production Techniques under Skill Training of Rural Youth (STRY) was concluded today at KVK Chandel. The Skill Training programme was organized by KVK Chandel from 28th November to 4th December, 2019 in association with the State Agricultural Management & Extension Training Institute (SAMETI), Manipur & National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), Hyderabad. The Valedictory function was attended by Shri Atibal Singh, IFS (Retire) and Former Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, UP; Dr. N. Prakash, Joint Director, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Manipur Centre and Dr. Deepak Singh, Head and Sr. Scientist, KVK Chandel as the presidium members. Altogether, 20 Rural Youths were trained on the Production of Mushroom Techniques. During the Valedictory function, shri Atibal Singh expressed that the trained youths will hone their skill in production of the mushroom and sustain their livelihood. Dr. N. Prakash highlighted that the Government of India have emphasis Skill Development and Entrepreneurship development for the youths and farmers of India and various schemes were launched for training and start up programme. He encouraged the youths and the farmers to avail the opportunities. He added that ICAR and KVKs will impart skill training as required by the youth and farmer and asked to come forward for any technical help. The Keynote address was given by Dr. Deepak Singh, Head and Sr. Scientist. In his addressed, he informed the participants that mushroom production can be integrated with other farming activities for generating income and sustaining their livelihood. The valedictory programme was also attended by staff of KVK Chandel.
Chandel, 6/11/2019: Seed Day on Millets under IISS, NEH Component was conducted at Chandonpokpi Village, Chandel today by ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Manipur Centre in collaboration with Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Chandel. Dr. N. Prakash, Joint Director, ICAR Manipur Centre, Dr. I.Meghachandra Singh, Principal Scientist & Nodal Officer – ISP/BSP, ICAR, Manipur Centre, Y. Romeo Chothe, Chief of Chandonpokpi Village and Dr. Deepak Singh, Sr. Scientist & Head, KVK Chandel were the presidium members. he Programme was also attended by Dr. E. Lamalaxmi Devi, Scientist (Genetics & Plant Breeding); Bhuvaneswari S, Scientist (Genetics & Plant Breeding); Dr. Konsam Sarika, (Genetics & Plant Breeding) and Staff of KVK Chandel.
One day Awareness programme on Fertilizer Application was conducted at KVK Chandel on 22nd October, 2019. The programme was organised by KVK Chandel to make aware the farmers regarding scientific used of fertilizer and to double their production and income. The live webcast which was addressed jointly by Hon’ble Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Govt. of India, New Delhi and Shri Sadanand Godda Hon’ble Ministerof Chemical and Fertilizer, Govt. of India, New Delhi was also shown to the farmers. Flim show on balance use of fertilizer was also shown to the farmer in coinciding with the programme. Altogether 58 farmers attended the programme besides the staff of KVK Chandel.
Chandel 24/09/2019:The Stakeholders Meeting-cum-Workshop on CSA Evaluation and Prioritization under the project “Scaling Out Climate-Smart Agriculture for Resilient Farming in India” was organized today, the 24th September, 2019 at Conference Hall, KVK Chandel. The meeting was chaired by Shri Krishna Kumar, IAS Deputy Commissioner Chandel in presence of Dr. Sanjoy Kumar Bandyopadhyay, Head – Centre of Environment Science & Climate Resilient Agriculture, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Pusa, New Delhi, Dr B. C. Deka, Director ICAR-ATARI-Zone-VII, Umiam, Barapani, Meghalaya; Dr. N. Prakash, Joint Director, ICAR Manipur Centre, Imphal, Prof. R. K Saha, Director Extension Education, CAU Imphal; and Dr. S. Prabhu Kumar, Former Director, ATARI, Ludhiana. The Chief Guest, Shri Krishna Kumar, IAS urged all the stakeholders to participate sincerely and wholeheartedly and to come out with a climate-smart plan so as to enable to double the farmers’ income by 2022. He expected a realistic and practical plan for Chandel district which will be replicated in other districts also. It is worth mentioning that KVK Chandel is among the 11 KVKs selected in the country for the project “Scaling Out Climate-Smart Agriculture for Resilient Farming in India” and the only district in the north-east India. Dr. N. Prakash assured of all possible technological support and assistance to implement this project successfully. Dr. S. Prabhu Kumar emphasised on the need for implementing this programme on convergence mode in partnership with all the concerned Departments in the district. Prof. R. K. Saha stated that this project is taken up promptly. He also opined that improved farming systems, research and extension should go hand-in-hand. The farmers of the district have been practicing indigenous farming techniques since centuries which need to be documented and validated. Dr. Sanjoy Kumar Bandyopadhyay explained the intricate details of the project to the stakeholders present in the meeting. Later, a workshop was conducted for Climate Smart Agriculture Evaluation and Prioritization of the project, in which Dr. Sanjoy Kumar Bandyopadhyay and stakeholders interacted and discussed about possible plans for the project.
The programme was attended by District Level Officers, NGOs, 20 Progressive Farmers from the three blocks – Chandel, Khengjoy and Chakpikarong of Chandel District and staffs of KVK, Chandel.