DIBRUGARH, July 30: The Krishi Vigyan Kendra Dibrugarh, organized a series of capacity-building programmes for the farming community of Dibrugarh district at various locations. The main aim of the programme was to encourage and help the farming community in enhancing their farm income, productivity and profit in both agriculture and allied activities in a sustainable manner.
Speaking on the occasion, the course director of the programmes, Hemchandra Saikia, who is also a subject matter specialist in Agricultural Economics and Farm Management of the Kendra, urged farmers to adopt some very definite and location-specific techniques, plans and procedures in all their agricultural and allied activities with suitable guidance from expert institutes or groups or officials of concerned fields. He explained in detail that if the farming community adopted improved method of crop cultivation at the right time, if the farmers adopted improved and suitable high-yielding varieties or breeds, if they applied fertilizers and manures in a balanced amount in the right stages by following soil health card report or on the basis of recommendation of expert personnel, and if they adhered to timely and regular intercultural operations (such as irrigation, weed control, top-dressing of fertilizers) integrated pest and disease-control measures, then there was enough possibility and practicability of enhancing the production, productivity and profitability in farm production activities.
In order to compensate for the unforeseen losses caused by vagaries of weather and other natural factors like flood, landslide, drought, inundation, pest and disease attack in various periods of crop or farm production, Saikia urged the participant farmers to insure their farm activities under various suitable insurance schemes like Pradhan Matir Fasal Bima Yojona. He said that Pradhan Mantir Fasal Bima Yojona was a very economic, suitable and profitable crop insurance scheme where the farmers could get maximum benefit out of minimum premium. He also emphasized and asked the participant farmers to adopt suitable production and processing activities in high valued fields like high value vegetables, horticultural crops, dairy, piggery, poultry, mushroom and vermi-compost production and fishery activities having huge domestic and foreign consumer demand.