LAKWA (SIVASAGAR), Nov 26 - Positive impact of motivational programmes among youths, guidance to farmers at different remote areas and providing solutions during the diseases of crops have made Sivasagar Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) a popular centre for the young and old farmers who have been cherishing a million-dollar hope of making their agricultural belts as model ones for future generation.
To maintain soil-health most of them are now using vermicompost produce instead of chemical fertilisers in their farms of cabbage, cauliflower, potato and many other horticulture crops at Bengmuria Konwar Gaon, Gopalpur, Gatanga, Chetia Gaon near Gargaon and several other villages across the length and breadth of the district as the KVK officials like Dr Phuleswar Nath, Rupjyoti Bora and many others inspired them to do so through proper training and motivational programmes.
Several of them at Lakwa area of the district said that they got immense benefit from using the vermicompost substance in their agricultural fields as this kind of bio-fertiliser could easily increase the fertility of the land.
Significantly some of the young girls of the Bengmuria Konwar Gaon, Chetia Gaon and some other nearby villages earned thousands from their vermicompost fertiliser as they could sale several tons of it to other farmers of the district in past two years.
�The KVK has shown us the path of earning as well as economic empowerment. Along with me several girls and married-women are now engaged in their small vermin-compost projects in our localities. Thanks to the officials who provided us proper training and guidance,� said Nilakhi Barua of Bengmuria Konwar Gaon
In her locality, another farmer named Hemidur Rahman could make five-digit profit this year from the paddy cultivation. The rice produced at 10 bighas of agricultural land of Hemidur was exclusively sold as high-yielding seeds.
�I have been experimenting my skills and the agricultural inputs provided by KVK scientists and officials of Sivasagar. Last year I got enough profit from the high-yielding variety of Ranjit seed. I can now say that the paddy-fields of our district have enough potential to uplift the economic condition of farmers if they are supported by the government officials properly,� said Hemidur.
Two other young farmers Jayant Dutta, Bipul Dutta of Dikhowmukh area of the district also said that several women in their localities now earn money in a better way as they were trained properly by the KVK officials to prepare pickle in scientific way.
Besides providing such training and solutions to agricultural activities and production, the KVK started some other projects to boost the rural livelihood that included demonstration on improved breed of goat which is known as beetal, pig, mushroom production, duck etc. Different units were set up for the purposes.
�The units are being maintained well by the limited manpower. But the zeal of the scientists of the Kendra under the leadership of the Programme Coordinator Dr Phuleswar Nath has reaped considerable success in a short span of time,� said scientist Rupjyoti Bora.
Asked about future activities for the farmers of the district programme coordinator Dr Nath said that they would �leave no stone unturned to help Sivasagar farmers as several young and educated farmers of the district have shown unprecedented enthusiasm for cultivation through both organic and inorganic methods after they had reaped benefits of their hard-works in past recent years�.