Land and Water Management Emphasized in North-East Region
An Interface meeting under the chairmanship of Dr. K.D. Kokate, Deputy Director General (Agriculture Extension), Indian Council of Agricultural Research was held at Divyodaya KVK- Chebri, West Tripura on 27th Aug, 2010 to discuss and formulate strategies for entrepreneurship development in the region.
Dr. Kokate stressed on land and water management along with nutrient management and soil health so that highest potentiality of crop varieties can be realized. He urged scientists to develop package of practices and emphasised on intercropping to develop different cropping models for demonstration to farmers for production of quality seeds and planting materials. In a bid to motivate farmers, he narrated success stories and emphasised deeply on maize cultivation to solve the problem of costly livestock and poultry feed in the region. Dr. Kokate suggested farm mechanization module of other successful states and to produce all required food items locally instead of importing from other places. Value addition of farm produce and construction of sufficient small scale cool storages and godowns at the grass root level can be a potential tool of entrepreneurship development, he added. He expected more association with banks and other financial institutions in micro-credit delivery at grass root level for the agro-economic development of the region.
Earlier, Dr. Kokate along with dignitaries visited different demonstration units like paddy field, integrated framing system, piggery, poultry, vermicompost, goatary units etc. An Exhibition hall and High Tech Poly-House of the KVK were also inaugurated.
Organized by Divyodaya KVK, West Tripura, Chebri in collaboration with Zonal Project Directorate, Zone-3, ICAR, Barapani, officials from State Agriculture departments, line departments, NGOs, Spice Board and KVK participated in the programme.
The major recommendations include proper management of land and water along with utilization of natural resources in sustainable manner, establishment of mini cold storage at block level, development of different cropping models for demonstration to farmers for production of quality seeds and planting materials, to follow farm mechanization module of other successful states, optimum credit linkage and adaptation of need based and proper beneficiary selection.
(Source: NAIP Mass Media Sub-Project of Mass Media Mobilization, DIPA with inputs from ZPD-3, Barapani)