DIBRUGARH, Jan 5: A programme on post-harvest management of paddy and seed certification awareness was organised yesterday by Jeeva Suraksha, a non-governmental organization in collaboration with NABARD at the Gaonburha’s office premises at Tamulikhat village under Tengakhat block, a press release stated.
BB Parashar, DDM of NABARD, Dibrugarh, stressed upon the importance of paddy seed village and its sustainability. He said that marketing of produce is most important which highly demands the maintenance of quality products in the long run. As it is the first village of its kind in the district, Parashar said that he will try to draw the attention of the Deputy Commissioner, Dibrugarh to explore the opportunity to take necessary steps to purchase the produce to encourage the farmers towards certified seed production.
Madhu Kakoty from Assam Seed Certification Agency appealed to the farmers to store the paddy seed maintaining the rules and regulations laid by ASCA to get good quality seeds. The sample of seeds will be collected by the end of March for testing and tagging will be done in the first part of April after which only the farmers can sell the produce as certified seed, Kakoty informed.
Agri scientists – Sanghomita Sarma and Hemchandra Saikia from KVK, Dibrugarh put forward their valuable suggestions for the success of paddy seed village and assured their support in future.
Some 30 participants of Tamilikhat including the beneficiaries of Ranjit (HYV) seed village developed by Jeeva Surakha under financial support from NABARD with Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Dibrugarh’s technical support, participated in the programme.