SILCHAR, March 19: A three–day capacity building and income generating orientation training programme which began on Wednesday was organized by Project Implementation Agency (PIA), 9 self–help groups and users groups of different areas of Cachar division belonging to batch-I, II, and IV under the aegis of Soil Conservation Division, Cachar. The three day programme is going on in the premises of Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Aruchal, 10 km from here.
More than 200 participants are being benefited by the various aspects of the informative programme which was iugurated by Dr. Prab Jyoti Sarma, programme coorditor, KVK Assam Agriculture University. Resource persons from the department of the project imparted necessary training to the participants who included the secretary, president and members of the watershed committee, members of self–help groups, users groups. Among others, Cachar Soil Conservation Division was the project implementing agency.
Kamalesh Bhattacharjee, technical engineer, explained the objective of integrated watershed magement and capacity building programme. Resource persons who included Debomita Bhattacharjee, NRLM, Dr. Bipul Kumar Kakoty, Dr. R R Saharia, Sunil Kumar Bhattacharjee, all from KVK Aruchal, Baikuntha Goala, Divisiol Officer, Cachar Soil Conservation Division cum Project Mager IWMP, N U Laskar, Assistant Soil Conservation Officer, and Chandra Mohan Gogoi, Range Officer, Harigar cum leader IWMP, touched upon major food crops in the region and high tech agriculture production.
Participants at the end of the day long deliberations and demonstrations expressed their satisfaction at the benefits received by them for their own capacity building and income generation towards economic self–sufficiency. At the outset Chandra Mohan Gogoi, range officer, soil conservation range, Harigar, welcomed the participants and outlined the objectives and various features of the programme which he said if taken heart and soul would benefit them in various ways. In fact, Gogoi was the mainspring of motivation and inspiration behind the day long orientation course.
Besides, the orientation programme was enriched by training on sericulture, self–help group and rural social development, jacquard machine, dobby machine, draw boy attachment on FS frame loom and fishery development. The Departments of Sericulture, Handloom and Textile and fishery as well as intervention of duck, poultry, goatery, piggery and dairy farming training by KVK participated in making the orientation course more lively and enlivening in addition to most interesting and informative.