AIP Sensitizes Farmers on Pre- & Post-Flood Rice Cultivation
July 5, 2013 | Nalbari, Assam
Technology Dissemination and Income Improvement Activity- Phase III
Rice is a significant source of agricultural GDP and Assam contributes about 8% to its overall production. Despite being a major source of income to small and marginal farming groups, the state is still rice deficient. Many parts of the state is inundated by floods every year, which also damages a major portion of the crop. The kharif crop cultivation has gone through dynamic changes over the past few years that have drastically affected the agrarian economy. To help farmers tackle the issues associated with crop loss, AIP organized a training program under its Technology Dissemination and Income Improvement Activity (TDIIA) at KVK, Nalbari on July 5, 2013. The training brought together 150 participants from different parts of Nalbari district.

B. K. Dutta, District Agricultural Officer, Baksa gave a brief overview of the irrigated area in Nalbari and the agricultural system which is prone to droughts. He discussed several aspects associated with developing the agricultural sector of Nalbari and other nearby districts and presented a detailed report on initiating green revolution to motivate the farmers in adapting advanced agricultural practices. H. C. Bhattacharrya, Director, Extension, AAU then shifted focus on the technical sessions on pre- and post-harvest rice cultivation and the use of modern technologies. Ranjita Bezbaruah, SMS, Agronomy, KVK, Nalbari gave insights on suitable rice varieties for the region with their brief varietal characters and M. Chakravarty deliberated on nutrient management. She also stressed on integrated nutrient management in rice through judicious use of organic manure, bio-fertilizers and green maturing with chemical fertilizers. A Session on high yielding varieties developed by AAU and IRRI suitable for rice under adverse climatic situation was also part of the session.

Participants for the training included, members from NGOs and Farm Management Committee (FMC), H.C. Bhattacharyya, Director of Extension Education, AAU, Jorhat; M. Deka, Program Coordinator, KVK, Nalbari; Bhupen Kr. Dutta, DAO, Baksa; A. M. Karmakar, DAO, Nalbari; S. Shyamanta, Tata Chemicals; Bitumoni Dutta, Chairman, Zilla Parishad, Nalbari; Kisan Basumatary, Producer, DDK, Guwahati; Ramen Kalita, Staff Reporter, The Assam Tribune; Pankaj Kalita, Progressive Farmer and member, SAC, Nalbari; Jaycharan Haloi, President, Pathar Parichalana Samitee, Nalbari; Suchibrata Kalita, SMS, Horticulture, KVK, Nalbari; Manashi Chakraborty, SMS, Soil Science KVK, Nalbari; Ranjita Bezbaruah, SMS, Agronomy, KVK, Nalbari; Debajit Deka, Program Assistant, KVK, Nalbari; Mrinalendra Ballav Dev Choudhury, Farm Manager, KVK, Nalbari; Debabrat M. B. Baruah, Program Assistant, Computer, KVK, Nalbari; Biswajit Gogoi, Laboratory Technician, KVK, Nalbari; Sanjiv Baishya, Stenographer, KVK, Nalbari and Madhukar Baniya, Office Superintendent cum Accountant, KVK, Nalbari.

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