Chumbong, Dec 18
Mevedir, Service Provider Agency for Internal Control System designated in West Sikkim organized a ward level training on Pest Management on Tuesday. The training was conducted at Upper Chumbong ward under Singyang Chumbong GPU, West Sikkim. The key resource persons of this training was Shri Wangchuk Bhutia (Field Assistant of Sakyong) and Mr. Ashish Chettri (Mevedir Supervisor) assisted by Mrs. Sangmoo Lepcha (Mevedir Field Assistant).
The assembled farmers were invited for the training to address the crop pest management issues which they have been facing. In some fields the crops are seen infested by nematodes and in others the fungal attacks are predominant. The farmers were informed how Organic Farming created a win win situation for all the living components of the ecosystem as the principle of ecology followed in Organic farming strongly supported the biological system of pest management. The rampant use of other chemical based pesticides which have a residual effect and how it gets manifested in the form of various tubers and cancers is a very common health problem observed these days.
To sustain this organic farming and to grow more crops, he advised the farmers to use some useful inputs like bio fungicides and bio fertilizers and bio insecticides which is made available to the farmers through the various government programs and schemes. The proper dosage and application methods need to known so that the inputs give their best results and farmers benefit from these applications. The best way of using these inputs in the field was explained to the participants. Mr. Chettri also spoke about the diseases in cabbage like root knot, frost etc. and to control these diseases and other fungal attack diseases in the field he demonstrated the method by using Nimbasidin and Bio cure –F per 3-5ml and diluted in water @ 2ltr and sprayed into the field. He explained that it can be more effective for controlling above mention diseases.
In the next session the farmers were explained about the NPK (Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium) inputs and how this input can be mixed with FYM and applied in the soil. It helps to protect the plant from nematodes and resist other soil borne pests. Meanwhile the farmers were shown the vermicompost worms and other normal worms He explained the difference between these worms and how such biological methods of making rich compost in a cost effective manner was explained
The training was concluded by the vote of thanks given by Mrs. Sangmoo Lepcha and encouraged to use the above mention inputs as instructed in the training program. About 20 farmers from the ward had attended this days training.