Training on seeding, harvesting and processing of rice held in Lakhimpur
A two-day long training for trainers on seeding to harvesting, drying, storage and processing of rice was held under APART
LAKHIMPUR: A two-day long training for trainers on seeding to harvesting, drying, storage and processing of rice was held under Assam Agribusiness and Rural Transformation Project (APART) at Regional Agricultural Research Station (RARS), North Lakhimpur on Wednesday and Thursday.
The training was attended by 25 farmers within the district. The programme commenced with an inaugural address delivered by Dr Prabal Saikia, Chief Scientist, RARS, North Lakhimpur. During his speech, besides highlighting the objectives of the training, the Chief Scientist held discussion on the importance of mechanization in paddy cultivation at present. Dr Suryakanta Khandai, Associate Scientist, IRRI and Ankita Sahu, Project Scientist, IRRI, took part as resource persons in the programme.
During the technical session of the programme, participants were made aware of the latest technologies, including machinery, improved and stress-tolerant rice varieties. A proper scientific cultivation of rice, from strengthening the seed production system to information regarding alternatives to banned pesticides was thoroughly discussed. A practical session was conducted on working principles of different machineries used in rice cultivation from sowing to drying and processing. The main objective of the programme was to create master trainers so that they could impart their skills to their fellow farmers of the district.