LAKHIMPUR: APART (Assam Agribusiness and Rural Transformation Project) on Thursday conducted a training programme on 'Quality Seed Production and Best Management Practices of Sali Paddy' at Balijan village under Naoboicha block of Lakhimpur district.
The training programme was held under the guidance of Senior Scientist & Head of Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Lakhimpur - Dr. Prasanta Kumar Pathak. It was organized to make farmers aware of the importance of scientific practice of quality seed production and to ensure best management of their Sali paddy crops through scientific interventions.
The training started with a welcome address delivered by APART Project Associate Mouchumi Dutta. APART Project Scientist Dr. Gayatree Goswami took part as the master trainer of the training programme.
Dr. Goswami extended an important elaboration on scientific procedures of quality seed production, seed selection and on scientific seed treatment so that disease-free seeds could be used for optimum production of paddy. She also described the importance of germination test for quality seed selection. In her lecture, she laid stress on the management of Sali paddy crops through best scientific practices like balanced application of fertilizers at proper time, importance of adopting stress-tolerant rice varieties in their local condition, scientific management practices of weeds and diseases in the Sali paddy fields.
Project Associate Mouchumi Dutta also spoke about the importance of mechanization to withstand long-standing challenges in the crop fields. APART Assistant Project Scientist Brishti Saikia and Research Technician Durlov Borah assisted Dr. Goswami in demonstrating the scientific seed treatment procedure. A total of 60 farmers attended the training sessions.