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Farmers undergo training in soil management


TINSUKIA, Oct 30 � With the aim to educate the farmers for better production of crops through proper soil management especially by using organic manures and pesticides, the Tinsukia district agriculture office with the association of Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Tinsukia recently organised a training programme in the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) conference hall.

The training programme was attended by more than a hundred farmers of 11 agricultural circles namely, Itakholi, Hapjan, Margherita, Ketetong, Ledo, Doomdooma, Philobari, Kakopathar, Dhola, Talap and Sadiya. They were taught the benefits of use of bio-fertilizers and bio-pesticides for better management of soils to get nutrient crop production and the disadvantages of use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

The training programme was addressed by Dr Amal Sharma, coordinator, KVK, Rohini Kr Gogoi, DVO, Rajit Dutta, agriculture officer and was coordinated by Senior Agriculture Development Officer, Sabir S Rahman as nodal officer. Each trainee farmer was given bio-fertilizers and pesticides worth Rs 400.

Protest programme: The mid-day meal workers engaged in preparing food in the schools of Tinsukia district recently staged a protest dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner�s office.

More than 100 protesters under the banner of Tinsukia District Committee of All Assam Mid-day Meal Workers Union affiliated to the Centre for Indian Trade Unions (CITU) staged the protest programme demanding payment of the honorarium of Rs 1000/- per month as declared by the Central Government with arrears from 2006, cancellation of the decision to hand over the mid-day meal scheme to NGOs, a halt to corruption that is going on in the implementation of the scheme, recognition of the mid-day meal workers as school employees and construction of proper kitchens in the schools. The union has threatened to intensify the agitation till the demands are fulfilled.

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