10th March 2016, Umiam
ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam organized a field Day on ‘Pulse production in rice fallow’ to celebrate the International Year of Pulses 2016 under Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) here today. The field day was organized to create awareness about pulses among farmers and disseminate information regarding no-till pulse cultivation techniques in rice fallow.
Dr. S. V. Ngachan, Director, ICARNEH urged the farmers to grow pulses like pea, lentil, French bean etc. for betterment of their livelihood and increased income. He further added that the scientists are putting their best efforts for developing pulse production technology for hill farming.
Dr. K. Mamocha Singh, Dean, CPGS, CAU, Umiam, the guest of honor for the occasion urged the farmers to utilize the resources available in the region and to adopt the scientific technology for sustainable yield.
Earlier, Dr. D.J. Rajkhowa, Head, Division of Crop Production while delivering welcome address said pulses are rich source of protein and can be easily grown under rice fallow conditions. Pulses improves soil fertility by fixing atmospheric nitrogen and hence the farmers need to adopt the technology in the region.
A total of 250 farmers across 15 villages of Meghalaya participated in the programme.
The leaflet, ‘No-till Lentil Production in Rice Fallow for North Eastern Hill Region’ in English and Khasi language were released and distributed among farmers.
Field visit as well as practical demonstration was organized to demonstrate zero tillage cultivation of pea and lentil in lowland rice fallow.
(Source: ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam)