BISWANATH CHARIALI: A farmers' training programme on 'Vermicompost Production Technology' for entrepreneurs and farmers of the North Bank Plain Zone of Assam and sponsored by National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (ICAR-NAARM) of Hyderabad was held at Biswanath College of Agriculture (BNCA), Assam Agricultural University from December 8 to 10. The programme was successfully organised by The All-India Coordinate Research Project for Dryland Agriculture (AICRPDA), Biswanath Chariali Centre, BNCA, Assam Agricultural University at the BNCA campus.
A total of 111 farmers from Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Darrang and Udalguri districts participated in the training programme. The dignitaries present in the inaugural session of the training programme were Dr R N Barman, Associate Dean, Biswanath College of Agriculture, Dr P K Sarma, Chief Scientist and Programme Coordinator, AICRPDA, BNCA, Dr M Balakrishnan, Principal Scientist and Programme Director, ICAR- NAARM, Er K K Nagle, Director, North-eastern Region Farm Machinery Training and Testing Institute (NER-FMTTI), Biswanath Chariali and K Sarma, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Biswanath district. In addition, Dr Ch Srinivasa Rao, Director, ICAR-NAARM, Hyderabad was also present at the event in virtual mode.
A total of five technical sessions including hands-on training of low-cost vermicompost production were conducted by various scientists of Assam Agricultural University. A farmer-scientist interaction programme was also organized where several queries of farmers were answered by faculty members of BNCA and other dignitaries present in the programme, particularly on organic farming and organic input production.