Cluster Frontline Demonstration on Oilseeds under NMOOP 2016-17

Jorhat, 9 September 2016.

 Cluster Frontline Demonstration on Oilseeds under NMOOP 2016-17Dr K. M. Bujarbaruah (Vice Chancellor, AAU, Jorhat) inaugurated a two- day training programme on ‘Cluster Frontline Demonstration on Oilseed crops’, organized by Agriculture Technology Application Research Institute Zone III, Umiam Meghalaya, under the National Mission of Oilseeds and oil palm (NMOOP) on 2 September 2016 at Assam Agriculture University, and from 8 to 9 September 2016 at KVK Kamrup, Kahikuchi. Dr Bujarbaruah (Vice Chancellor, AAU, Jorhat) expressed the need of increasing area of cultivation of oilseed crops for increasing production in order to reduce their import from foreign countries. Dr Bujarbaruah elucidated on the utilization of fallow land by cultivating oilseed crops during rabi .

Dr Bidyut C. Deka (Director, ATARI Zone-III, Umiam) stressed that the main aim of the programme was to have a broader idea and knowledge of the oilseed crops, the broad spectrum that exists in their study and research and the various technologies that may be implemented with the aim to increase area and production of oilseeds particularly in the North-Eastern Region.

D. Dhiraj Singh (Director, DRMR) gave a brief about the importance to bridge the gap in productivity and expansion of oilseed area under Cluster Frontline Demonstration.

Dr H. C. Bhattacharya (DEE, AAU, Jorhat) enlightened the participants on the need to achieve the proposed targets put forth by the council and how the Krishi Vigyan Kendras should work in coordination for achieving productive and efficient results.

Dr A. K. Gogoi (Incharge CPCRI, Asom) urged the Krishi Vigyan Kendras to work tirelessly in their activities to motivate the farmers and suggested that awards may be given to the beneficiaries that perform well. Moreover, Dr Gogoi emphasized the need for more training programmes to be conducted to motivate the stakeholders and farmers in what he expressed as ‘A rainbow cultivation of Oilseed Crops’.

During the training programmes, the participants were given training on different aspects related to seed production, improved technologies and pest management of different oilseed crops. The trainees took the opportunity to learn different techniques and clear their doubts through interaction with the scientists and experts from different research institutes.

Cluster Frontline Demonstration on Oilseeds was attended by total of 67 participants from Asom and Nagaland.

Courtsey: English Editorial Unit