MORIGAON, June 9 - The rain-fed mighty Brahmaputra and its tributaries flowing above the danger level across Assam hits Morigaon district invariably.
Under promotion of agri-centric sustainable livelihood security for tribal farmers of Assam, an area of 1000 bighas was undertaken for scientific cultivation practices of maize variety NMH 803 in flood-hit area of Pokoria mouza in Rabi season by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Morigaon under TSP Project 2016-17.
A total of 60 farmers were selected from the village to cultivate maize and a training programme was also conducted to impart knowledge on scientific cultivation of maize crop. Demonstration of seed drill was also done which was brought from AAU Jorhat for demonstration of modern technology for sowing using seed planter.
Farmers of the flood-hit area of the village have no alternative but to grow ground nut, black gram, boro paddy and maize during rabi season. Farmers of area have started to grow maize in the area from the last few years and this year farmers have cultivated more than 8,000 bighas in the area along with 1000 bighas of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Morigaon.
A field day and interaction programme with progressive farmers growing maize was organised by KVK Morigaon collaboratively with Sonia Farmers Producers� Organisation. Senior scientist of KVK Morigaon, in her address, welcomed the guests and farmers present and said objective of the programme was to demonstrate the performance of high yielding maize variety NMH 803, which was showcased in the farmers field to the guest present and farmers of neighbouring village.
Meeting was graced by Deputy Commissioner, Morigaon Hemen Das as chief guest.
While addressing the farmers, he urged the farmers of the area to bring a revolution in farming by taking up modern scientific technologies. He supported establishment of processing units and said rural youth should take up farming as an enterprise. He stated that farmer-producer organisations can work for betterment of farming community and they should try to set up processing units for value addition of products so that farmers can get better returns.
Other guests present were chief scientist RARS, Shillongoni, Dr PK Das, Chairman Zila Parishad Shyamlal Das, District Agriculture Officer Pritam Rongpi, SDAO, B Raijung and officials from KVK were Ranjita Bezbaruah, Julie Sharma, among others. This was stated in a press release.