GUWAHATI, April 5 - A month-long Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) programme conducted by the Department of Extension Education, College of Veterinary Science, Assam Agricultural University, Khanapara here concluded a few days back with a daylong treatment-cum-vaccination camp at Alenga, Domora Pathar and Borkuchi village under the Dimoria development block.
A group of 28 teachers, 93 undergraduate students and 13 postgraduate students under the leadership of Dr A Borgohain, Professor and Head, Extension Education Department, participated in the camp.
A total of 612 cattle were vaccinated against foot and mouth disease in the camp. Moreover, 1,702 other livestock and poultry birds were also treated for different ailments.
Several officials of the Dept of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary, Govt of Assam, including Dr Paresh Sarma, Joint Director, Institute of Veterinary Biologicals, Dr Devanand Adhikari, Research Officer, Coordinated Poultry Breeding Project, Dr Ajitav Kakoti, Deputy Director, ICDP, and Dr Abhay Sarma, Veterinary Officer of the Nortap Veterinary Dispensary, attended the programme.
A farmer-scientist interaction session was also organized in the Alenga LP School campus in the presence of Dr RN Goswami, Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Science, AAU, Khanapara, and was attended by farmers of the locality, the village headmen and members of the Netaji Yuvak Sangha.
Dr Goswami apprised the farmers about the efforts of the College of Veterinary Science and AAU in sensitizing farmers on adoption of scientific knowledge and technologies and in technology transfer.
The month-long programme was conducted essentially for the students with their proactive involvement as part of their academic requirement in extension education, wherein knowledge about rural people and their resources were explored through different PRA methods.
The extension camp and the PRA activities were conducted under the supervision of Dr Leema Bora, Assistant Professor of the Department of Extension Education, under the guidance of Dr MN Ray, Dr KK Saharia and with the support of Dr Sadananda Payeng of the department.