TEZPUR: A training and demonstration programme on post-harvest machineries was organized under APART at village Kundarbari, Dekargaon by KVK Sonitpur.
Dr. Rupam Borgohain, Nodal Officer, APART also attended the programme and elaborated about mechanization in rice cultivation and also encouraged the farmers to develop custom hiring centres for agricultural machineries as a business model in their villages. He discussed about the importance of mechanization in the present system owing to scarcity of labour and increased labour charges. During his speech, Dr Borgohain also asked the farmers to develop different types of marketing strategies for sale of their agricultural products to earn better income.
Earlier, Dr Arifa M Begum, in-charge Head of KVK Sonitpur, also emphasized the importance of agricultural machineries in present scenario and also encouraged the farmers to go for proper post-harvest management and value addition to increase their income. Sauraj Jyoti Baishya (Specialist, IRRI) acted as a resource person and presented the technical knowhow of different agricultural machineries, including rice mill, reaper and thresher. He also explained in details about functioning of some of the machineries and tools available at the farmers' field.
The farmers showed keen interest in the programme. Around 30 farmers from the village and nearby areas along with APART staff of KVK Sonitpur attended the training programme. After completion of the training programme, Dr Borgohain also visited Shyamol Farmer Producer Company and Custom Hiring Centre promoted by KVK Sonitpur at village Cheunichuk, Jamuguri and interacted with its members. Later, he also visited Rice Varietal Cafeteria where 10 rice varieties were cultivated together in 2,000 square metre area and few other rice demonstration plots and advised the farmers to follow best management practices and go for multiple cropping systems to increase their yield and income.