Tezpur: KVK, Sonitpur organized a three-day training programme on ‘Resource Efficient Crop Establishment Method, Integrated Pest, and Disease Management on Rice’ in collaboration with International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) at its Napam campus from February 20 to February 22.
The training programme was inaugurated by Dr. Pramod Chandra Deka, Head, KVK, Sonitpur. He welcomed the farmers and dignitaries on the occasion. Pankaj Barman, Junior Researcher, IRRI, delivered the lecture on quality seed production and scientific mat nursery preparation of rice. Vivek Kumar, a Specialist, IRRI, acted as a resource person who presented the technical knowhow of different agricultural pieces of machinery and tools. Vivek also demonstrated to the farmers about the functioning of some of the pieces of machinery and tools provided to the KVK, Sonitpur under the APART project. Dr. Bikram Borkotoki, Junior Scientist, AICRP, Dryland, Biswanath College, AAU also acted as a resource person who delivered a lecture on nutrient management. Dr. Borkotoki also discussed soil fertility and the importance of soil health cards.
More than 30 farmers from different parts of the district and all officials of KVK, Sonitpur attended the programme. On the last day, a short interactive session was also held between the farmers, APART staff, IRRI scientists and scientists of KVK, Sonitpur regarding different aspects of agriculture and the programme was concluded with a certificate distribution ceremony.