Shillong(Meghalaya),May 17 : The Directorate of Horticulture through the Office of Managing Director, MgSFAC, here recently organised programmes and activities as part of the ‘Kisan Bhagidari, Prathmikta Hamari Campaign’ under Azadi Mahotsav.
The programmes conducted during the campaign included Awareness cum Training program on Vegetables, Flowers, Ginger, Turmeric, etc. cultivation in all districts of the State by resources persons from KVK’s, ATMA’s, State Department Officers, etc. Training was conducted on different techniques of raising seedlings, after care, on field management of pest & disease by manual & biological method for these crops. The farmers were distributed with vegetable seed kits to mobilize and motivate them.
Awareness cum Training/ program on Market linkages was also conducted to FPO’s at District level where resource persons visited the different District to conduct the Training/ Program with the aim to improve outcome through collective action groups, to attract buyers & to access larger market for enhancing economy.
Training programme on mushroom cultivation was also imparted to farmers with special focus on the species suited for the state based on Agro-Climatic conditions viz. Agaricus species (Button Mushroom); Pleurotus species (Oyster Mushroom); Lentinula ededes (Shitake Mushroom). Training was given to farmers on how to take up Mushroom cultivation as an “Agri-business”. Practical demonstration on Preparation of Oyster cube & Button composting was also conducted.
Besides training programmes, Webinars & Awareness Program on advanced cultivation techniques of High Value & Exotic Vegetable crops under Protected Cultivation was hosted by CIH, Nagaland and resource person from the Institute conducted the training to farmers from different districts through virtual mode. Training was imparted on packages of practices of vegetable cultivation for High Value Vegetable Crops such as Capsicum, Cucumber, Coloured Capsicum, Tomato, Chilli, etc. Training was also given on Hydroponics – a future of Urban farming and its advantages in global urbanization.(MIPR)