ICAR AP Centre Conducted an Expedition to Lower Subansiri and West Kameng District of Arunachal Pradesh Under TSP
A team of scientists of ICAR AP Centre Basar carried out an expedition tour for nine days (11th to 19th Feb, 2017) with special focus on collection of elite germplasm of indigenous legumes cum training and awareness to Lower Subansiri and West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. The team which comprise of Letngam Touthang, Scientist (PBG), Badapmain Makdoh, Scientist (Agronomy) and Thejangulie Angami, Scientist (Fruit Science) had conducted various awareness cum training on importance of indigenous legumes, its conservation, production technology, documentation of valuable indigenous germplasm. Wherein Letngam Touthang, Scientist (PBG) enlightened the farmers on importance of PPV &FRA, Badapmain Makdoh, Scientist (Agronomy) had delivered lectures on production techniques of pulses, importance of legumes in cropping system for soil health, soil and water conservation techniques. While Thejangulie Angami, Scientist (Fruit Science) delivered lectures on cultivation techniques of summer vegetables, orchard management and low cost polyhouse technology.
Mean while show casing of various low cost agricultural implements/equipments and seed distribution of summer vegetables were done. The team also delighted to see the rich unexplored local germplasm and cooperation of various SHGs, local administrators and farmer clubs for collection of various elite indigenous germplasm of legumes, rice, maize, wheat, Buck wheat, colocasia, chilli, cucurbits etc. for conservation and documentation for future assets. At Ziro, Lower Subansiri district, apart from the age old famous Apatani paddy cum fish cultivation, the team was happy to learn about the successful commercial cultivation of tomato, round the year vegetable production and indigenous ways of conserving soil and water. Further, the team also delighted to see the rich legumes germplasm in Bomdila and Dirang circles of West Kameng district and the traditional way of soil health conservation techniques by the Monpa tribes at higher elevation through indigenous mulching methods known as ”SHOIBA”. The team had also laid out an experiment on sustainable nutrient management in apple orchard at Zimthung village, Dirang under temperate horticulture. The farmers were so elated to ICAR AP Centre Basar for reaching out to them with necessary agricultural inputs and providing the knowledge on scientific methods of farming and importance of conserving local germplasm.