Soureni, Sept 6
Two days awareness camp on Plasticulture Engineering Technology concluded today at Upper Bhasmey, Padamchey, East Pandem and Soureni, Assam Lingzey.
RThe camp was organized by Dr. Deepak Jhajharia (Professor, Dept. of SWCE & PI of AICRP-PET) and Dr. Kh. Lily Devi (JRS, AICRP-PET) through the SCSP funds of the All India Coordinated Research Project on Plasticulture Engineering Technology (Sikkim centre), College of Agricultural Engineering and Post Harvest Technology (Central Agricultural University), Ranipool, East Sikkim.
The camp aimed on spreading the awareness about the various applications of PET and to search interested beneficiaries among SC communities residing in the Padamchey village and nearby areas of East Sikkim, having scheduled castes population of 40% or more of the total village population. About 70 farmers mostly from SC, ST and OBC attended the awareness programme at Upper Bhasmey, Padamchey. Prof. P. P. Dabral, Dean (CAEPHT, Ranipool) & I/c Dean (CoH, Bermiok) in his inaugural address as Chief Guest of the function informed the farmers about the various engineering technologies developed by the faculty members of CAEPHT and all the four AICRPs. Prof. Jhajharia informed the various applications that have been successfully implemented by his team in different villages of Sikkim, mainly, Soureni (East Sikkim), Lying Chongrang (E. Sikkim), Middle Chongrang (West Sikkim) and Nessa Tashiding (W. Sikkim). Dr. Kh. Lily Devi explained the need of installing the naturally ventilated polyhouses, solar tunnel dryers and pond-liners in the village, and asked them to utilize the plasticulture engineering technology as tool to become job-provider instead of job-seeker. Prof. Jhajharia also informed about the successful conduct of 90 days (three courses) or 21 days (two courses) skill development trainings sponsored through the funding from PFC Ltd. New Delhi or other central government agencies during last one year. Ms. Sabitra Sharma (CEO, Budang Kamarey FPO) helped the college to identify this village and welcomed the CAEPHT team in the village. She informed that the PET team will be visiting soon to identify the needy farmers, who are willing to adopt the plasticulture engineering technology for their economical upliftment.
Two days awareness camp was started with the laying of 250 GSM pond-liner in the field of Mr. L. Lepcha (Soureni, Assam Lingzey) in presence of whole AICRP-PET team for fish cultivation on 5th September 2019. The PET will provide the full technical and material support for successful growing of Grass Carp through the dug-out pond. On 5th September 2019, Prof. Jhajharia, Dr. Kh. Lily Devi and Ms. Sabitra Sharma (CEO, Budang Kamarey FPO) with her team also visited Soureni (Assam Lingzey) the model village developed through the funds of the AICRP-PET during last three years by the AICRP-PET team consisting of Prof. Jhajharia, Dr. Kh. Lily Devi and other staff members, namely, Mr. Laxuman Sharma, Ms. Diya Thapa, Mr. D. Thami, Mr. Loknath, Mr. Pujan and Ms. Smriti and Department of Renewable Energy Engineering team lead by Prof. Mahendra S. Sevda and Mr. S. M. Kamaruzzaman. The above members of the PET (CAEPHT), Ms. Sabitra Sharma with her team and various villagers of Soureni assembled on 5th September 2019 to discuss the need of spreading awareness of PET activities in other districts of Sikkim with help of FPOs. They visited various structures constructed during last three years in Soureni in different farmer’s fields and interacted with all the beneficiaries. They visited three bamboo-based greenhouses with gravity-fed drip irrigation systems, two solar tunnel dryers for drying of ginger and large cardamom, four vermibeds for making vermicompost to support the organic agriculture, and three plastic tunnels also. The meeting ended with vote of thanks by the elected members of Soureni (Assam Lingzey) and Upper Bhasmey, Padamchey, East Pandem.
Prof. P. P. Dabral, Dean declared that the PET (CAEPHT) team with the help of other faculty and staff of CAEPHT (CAU) will work to make Padamchey village as the Model Village selected under the SCSP. He also highlighted the role of the dynamic leadership of Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor of Central Agricultural University, Prof. M. Premjit Singh, in taking the technologies developed in the CAU to the farmers of the north east region of our country. Prof. Jhajharia also mentioned that Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, Prof. M. Premjit Singh, has successfully implemented a few special schemes for ST of Manipur and other states of northeast India in last few years. He also highlighted the important role played by Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, Prof. M. Premjit Singh in bringing various skill development trainings in the CAU to the tune of 2.25 crores with sponsorship from the Power Finance Corporation Limited, New Delhi during the financial year 2018-2019.