“Technological backstopping for rabi crop production through capacity building and input support system” organized under TSP

One day training cum inputs distribution programme on “Technological backstopping for rabi crop production through capacity building and input support system” was organized by Division of Crop Production on the 14th December, 2017 at Research Farm, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam under TSP with the objective of effectively utilizing the rice/maize fallow resulting in improvement in cropping intensity, income and livelihood of tribal farmers of the region.

Dr. Anup Das, Principal Scientist and Head (Division of Crop Production) inaugurated the training cum inputs distribution programme and emphasized the importance of conservation tillage technology in the pulse and oilseed crops in rice/maize fallow. Dr. Subhash Babu, Scientist (Agronomy) explained the details about the Integrated Farming System (IFS) models, vertical farming, etc. Dr. Jayanta Layek, Scientist (Agronomy), Dr. M. Thoithoi Devi, Scientists (Agronomy) and Dr. Krishnappa, Scientist (Crop Physiology) stressed on the organic farming, kitchen gardening, raised and sunken bed technology, nutrient management practices, cropping systems, production of vermicompost, etc. Dr. Utpal Dey and Mr. Mebaaibok L. Nonglait also elaborated about the no-till pulses production (lentil and pea) technology in rice fallow for increasing production and cropping intensity. Altogether 30 farmers from different villages of West Khasi Hills District, Meghalaya attended the programme.

A field demonstration programme was also organized to make farmers more equated with furrow making, application of FYM and sowing of pulses while adopting the conservation agriculture practices under rice fallow. At the end of the programme critical agri-inputs like seeds of pea, cole crops, vegetables etc were distributed among the farmers to support them for increasing farm productivity and income.