ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam organized exposure cum training programme for NABARD officials
ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam organized exposure cum training programme on 27-28 March 2017 for the senior officials of NABARD (National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development) Assam, on ‘‘improved farming practices for enhancing productivity and income of farmers’’. The objective of the programme was to equip officials on various recent technologies for their possible implementations through various NABARD schemes. A total of 20 NABARD officials including General Manager, Deputy General Manager and Assistant General Manager and District Development Mangers (DDMs) from Assam participated in the programme.
The Inaugural session of the programme was g raced by the Chief General Manager, NABARD, Guwahati, Smt. Rajashree K. Baruah, Dr. S.V. Ngachan, Director, ICAR RC for NEH Region, Umiam and Dr. B.C. Deka, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Zone-III, Umiam. In his inaugural address, Dr. S.V. Ngachan, emphasized the need of adopting location specific farming approaches for doubling farmer’s income in the region with particular reference to Assam. Additional 5-6 million tonnes of food-grains are needed in the next few decades to feed the population of region and Assam will have to play a pivotal role for the same, he added. He called for the measures such as quality seed production and availability, locational specific integrated and organic farming systems, adoption of multiple stress tolerant varieties especially floods and droughts along with adequate technology back stopping to achieve the desired goal of self-sufficiency in food grain production. Dr. B.C. Deka, Director, ICAR-ATARI, emphasized on the need for bringing vast rice fallow areas of the north east particularly Assam under double cropping by cultivating pulses, oilseeds etc, for enhancing cropping intensity, income and food security of the region. He further added that Krishi Vijayan Kendras and NABARD should work hand in hand for agricultural development in the region. In her inaugural address, Smt. Rajashree K. Baruah stressed upon strengthening convergence between ICAR and NABARD to formulate and implement effective programmes for the betterment of the farming community of the region. The exposure cum training programme comprised of theory and practical sessions on technological options for north east India including integrated farming system, organic farming, conservation agriculture, climate resilient agriculture, high-tech horticulture, livestock production and health management, post-harvest processing, meat processing and composite fish farming. The valedictory program was graced by the General Manager, NABARD, Assam, Shri. S. S Saha. Shri Saha asked the DDMs to apply the knowledge gained in the programme for implementation in their respective Districts. The NABARD officials expressed their satisfaction for success programme to the ICAR.
The programme was coordinated by Dr. Anup Das, Head Division of Crop Production, Dr. KP Mohapatra, Sr. Scientist, Forestry and Dr. Subhash Babu, Scientist, Agronomy, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam.