Gangtok, Dec 4
The ICAR-National Organic Farming Research Institute (NOFRI), Tadong organized two-day Training cum Skill Development program on ‘Organic Farming’ for the inmates of Sikkim Central Prison, East Sikkim during December 02-03, 2019 under AICRP PET Project, AICRP Mushroom Project and All India Network Project on Organic Farming (AI-NPOF) in order to increase awareness, motivate and strengthen the livelihood education of the inmates on organic crop production by dissemination of scientific knowledge as a step towards rehabilitating them after their incarceration period. Power point presentations were made for quick transfer of technologies. During the program, a total of 25inmates attended the program and benefited from the technical know-how. ICAR-NOFRI also provided various inputs viz., organically permitted bio-pesticides, bio-fungicides, bio-fertilizers, seedlings of Cole crops, untreated seeds, vermibeds and plastic sheets for low cost plastic tunnels and shelters to Superintendent of Police, State Central Prison. The program was organized on the initiatives of Shri K.L. Tenzin, Superintendent of Police and Shri Renu Raj Chettri, Additional Superintendent of Police, State Central Prison, Rongyek, East Sikkim.
Dr. R. K. Avasthe, Joint Director, ICAR-NOFRI briefed about the overall activities of ICAR-NOFRI. He stressed upon the importance of scientific knowledge for commercial and intensive production of organic crops and animals to bring about perceptible change in the organic production scenario of the region. He said that hi-tech low cost vegetable production technologies, conservation agriculture technologies, organic nutrient management and animal production technologies are available with ICAR which can be a good source of income for the inmates in future.
Dr. Ashish Yadav, Senior Scientist (Horticulture) coordinated the program and briefed about ICAR-NOFRI role in developing technologies for organic production systems. He discussed about the intensive vegetable production techniques under low cost plastic tunnel and plastic rain shelters. Dr. Yadav also practically demonstrated the construction of low cost plastic tunnels to the inmates in Sikkim Central Prison.
Dr. Raghavendra Singh, Senior Scientist (Agronomy), Sikkim discussed the organic conservation agriculture and package of practices for maize and leguminous based cropping system. He emphasized on the importance of inclusion of leguminous crops in cropping system for improving the soil fertility. Dr. Singh practically demonstrated the installation of vermibed.
Dr. Chandan Kapoor, Scientist SS (Plant Breeding) deliberated on ‘Seed production in organic farming’ and Dr. Chandramani Raj, Scientist (Plant Pathology) talked on ‘Insect pest management in organic production system’.
Dr. Shweta Singh, Scientist (Plant Pathology) talked on ‘Organic oyster mushroom production techniques’ and ‘Disease management in organic production system’. Dr. Singh practically demonstrated the Organic oyster mushroom production techniques.
Dr. Mukesh Bhatt, Scientist (Veterinary Microbiology) discussed in detail about the backyard poultry and dairy management techniques. He emphasized on the importance of Vanaraja birds which has gained popularity in Sikkim as backyard poultry. He briefed about the disease management in dairy and backyard poultry. He also stressed on maintaining hygienic conditions in rearing the animals.
Shri K.L. Tenzin, Superintendent of Police State Central Prison and Shri Renu Raj Chettri, Additional Superintendent of Police State Central Prison, Rongyek, Sikkim played very active role in organizing the program.