Training cum demonstration on ‘Promotion of seed spices in the Northeastern Hills Region’

Training programme was organized on Promotion of seed spices in the northeastern hills region’ in collaboration with ICAR National Research Centre for Seed Spices, Ajmer, Rajasthan on the 26th November, 2020 at Horticulture Experimental Farm, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam, Meghalaya under the project ‘Collaborative Research and Developmental activities for promotion of seed spices varieties/ technologies in NEH Region’. Total 67 farmers attended the programme from different villages of Ri Bhoi and West Jaintia Hills district, Meghalaya. Farmers were provided with technical knowhow on various aspects of spices cultivation ranging from land preparation, seed treatments, sowing, cultural practices, harvesting, pest and diseases management and processing of seed spices. In addition, importance and scope of seed spices cultivation in the NEH Region were highlighted during discussion at farm. Feed back reveals that seed spices such as Dill (Anethum graveolens), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), cumin (Coriandrum sativum L.), nigella (Nigella sativa) and ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi) were new to the farmers, exception of coriander (Coriandrum sativum L.) and fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum). Seed materials of coriander (12 kg), dill (08 kg), fenugreek (05 kg), fennel (04 kg), cumin (04 kg), nigella (16 kg) and ajwain (04 kg) were distributed to the growers. Dr. V.K. Verma (Sr. Scientist) presented a vote of thanks to the Director of the Institute and Dr. Gopal lal (Director, ICAR-NRC Seed Spices, Ajmer, Rajasthan) and Dr. Sumer Singh Meena (Pr. Scientist & Nodal Officer of the collaborative project) for funding and supply of seeds. The programme was coordinated by Dr. V.K. Verma (Sr. Scientist), Dr. H. Rymbai (Scientist) and Dr. H.D. Talang (Scientist), Horticulture Division, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam.

Demonstration on cultivation of seed spices

Distribution of seed materials

Group photo