Improving Farmers Livelihood through Commercialization of Rice Production
Technology Dissemination and Income Improvement Activity- Phase II
June 17, 2013 | Jorhat, Assam

Rice has enormous diversity in Assam; has led to highly variable ecosystems and plays a significant role in the sociocultural life of the people. The crop is grown in about two-third of the total cropped area in the state. Traditionally grown throughout the year, viz. winter, autumn and summer seasons, it is a single major source of agricultural GDP and plays a vital role in the economy. Despite its enormous significance in the agrarian economy, rice has performed quite unsatisfactorily in recent years, making Assam a net deficit state.

In an attempt to help farmers make efficient use of natural resources and improve productivity and income, the Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP) sensitized the farmers on several critical aspects related to production and marketing. Under its Technology Dissemination and Income Improvement Activity (TDIIA), AIP conducted a workshop titled “Commercialization of Rice Production for Farmers” at Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Kaliapani, Jorhat on 17 June, 2013. The daylong awareness workshop witnessed about 102 farmers from different parts of Jorhat district taking keen interest in understanding the significance and impact of commercial seed production, pest and disease management and marketing channels.

Agricultural experts, dignitaries, scientists and faculty members from Assam Agricultural University (AAU) and KVK, Jorhat interacted with farmers on issues concerning crop cultivation. There were several sessions by the faculty members on critical aspects encompassing rice cultivation and production enhancement. Dr. Monoranjan Neog, Associate Director of Extension Education, AAU, Jorhat highlighted the benefits of commercializing rice production—which is consistent with the government’s plan for modernizing agriculture—as one probable way to enhance production. The presenters also underscored training in soil and water conservation techniques and access to credit. The agricultural experts and professionals interacted with the farmers on the use of different varieties of commercial seeds for enhancing production. Dr Prakash Borah delivered a lecture on “Principles of Quality Seed Production of Rice” to increase awareness among farmers on better production techniques. Dr Dipak Kumar Bora shared his knowledge on pest and disease management techniques for commercially viable rice crop. Dr. Rupam Borgohain shared his views on value added products of rice and their commercial aspects. Towards the end of the workshop, Dr Mohan Kumar Sarmah motivated the farmers to opt for organic cultivation and explained its benefits. The farmers had a number of questions for the experts to which they found satisfactory answers during the course of the day.

The participants at the workshop included, Ms. Binapani Deka, PA, KVK, Jorhat; Dr. Dipak Kr. Bora, Principal Scientist, Dept. of Entomology, AAU, Jorhat; Ms. Ira Sarma, SMS, KVK, Jorhat; Mr. Manab Bikash Gogoi, FM, KVK, Jorhat; Dr Mohan Kumar Sarmah, Senior Scientist, Plant Breeding & Genetics, AAU, Jorhat; Ms. Mousumi Phukan, SMS, KVK, Jorhat; Dr. M. Neog, Associate Director of Extension (Extn) Education (Training), AAU, Jorhat; Dr. M. K. Sarmah, Senior Extn. Specialist, DOEE, AAU, Jorhat;Dr. Pankaj Deka, SMS, KVK, Jorhat; Ms. Rumjhum Phukan, SMS, KVK, Jorhat; Dr. Prakash Bora, Principal Scientist, National Seed Project, AAU, Jorhat; Dr. Rupam Borgohain, Programme Coordinator, KVK, Jorhat.

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