DIBRUGARH, Aug 5 - The Krishi Vigyan Kendra here organised a series of capacity-building programmes for the farming community of the district recently in Dekhari, Bejorchuk and Pathalibam villages of Moran, Bhogamur Ahom Gaon of Borborooah Block and Panitola.
The main objective of this programme was to encourage and help the farming community in enhancing their farm income, productivity and profit in both agriculture and allied activities in a sustainable manner, a release stated.
Course Director of the programme Hemchandra Saikia, who is also a Subject Matter Specialist (SMS) in Agricultural Economics and Farm Management of the Kendra, urged the farmers to adopt definite and location-specific techniques, plan procedures in all their agricultural and allied activities with suitable guidance from expert institutes or groups of officials working in the concerned field.
He explained that if the farming community adopted improved method of crop cultivation in right time by using improved suitable high-yielding varieties in appropriate time and applied fertilizers and manures proportionately in proper stages by following soil health card report or on the basis of recommendation of experts, then there is every possibility of enhancing production and profit.
In order to compensate the unforseen losses caused by vagaries of weather and other calamities like flood, landslide, drought, inundation, pest and disease attack etc., Saikia urged the farmers to get their farms insured under various insurance schemes like Pradhan Mantrir Fasal Bima Yojona, among others.
Dr Aradhana Barooah, an expert in soil science explained to the participants about the importance of soil health card and also about the process of soil sample collection and its subsequent submission in the soil laboratory of the Krishi Vigyan Kendra or the State Agriculture Department, which conducts the test free of cost. Supriya Sonowal, another resource person spoke about small tea cultivation and its profitability.
Officials from the District Agricultural Department, ADO Minakshi Gogoi, Firoz Moran, and AEA Monoranjan Gogoi also participated in the programme where they highlighted about various developmental schemes of the department, the release added.