21 August, 2013, Barapani
Training to the state officials and the KVK staffs of seven NEH states, West Bengal and Assam on farm mechanisation for small holdings in hilly areas has begun for five-day (19-23 Aug.) at Agriculture Engineering Division of ICAR, Barapani in collaboration with the Extension Education Institute of Directorate of Extension, Govt. of India, Ministry of Agriculture. The Institute is managed by Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat, Assam. The training programme will provide information about new farm implements, their evaluation, and finally the mechanisation ways with reference to farming conditions prevailing across the NEH region, so as to reduce drudgery with innovative technologies. In NEH Region, the rural population is 82 per cent. Among which 40 per cent are small and marginal farmers, having average land holding 2.5 hectare. Therefore, EEI and ICAR are educating and developing technical competence in the middle level extension functionaries and trainers of these states officials in different areas of extension education and functions. “Out of the total 8000 manufacturing units spreading across the country, none is in the NEH Region, including Assam. Consequently, mechanisation is low compare with other parts of the country, said Dr. P.K Niyogi, Director EEI, AAU, Jorhat, Assam in his speech at ICAR Barapani. “Farm mechanisation is crucial to fight vagaries of low agriculture production and productivity. Under climate change, insect pests and their management practices might affect farmers’ income substantially”, said guest of honour of the programme Dr. N.S Azad Thakur, Director in charge, ICAR Complex, Barapani.
Dr. Arvind Kumar, Engineer, Agriculture Engineering Division, ICAR, Barapani highlighted the importance of tools to the officials and invoked the trainers to learn as much as they can along with the implementation of the same at farmers’ field. Dr. Sandip Mandal, Engineer, Agriculture Engineering Division, ICAR, Barapani gave technical details of the course, while thanking the trainees during the programme.
(Source: NAIP-Mass Media Project-ICAR-RC-NEH, Barapani and Agriculture Engineering Division)