Six-day Skill training on Integrated Dairy Development Imparted

      Anjaw district of Arunachal Pradesh know as ‘Land of Rising Sun’ is eastern most remote district of India inhabited by Mishmi and Meyor tribes are one of the most vulnerable sections of people of Arunachal Pradesh facing difficulties of inclement weather, undulated land and high peaks, transportation, electricity, marketing pose severe threat to agriculture and Horticulture crops causes farmers huge economic losses especially during the lockdown. Therefore, needed more attention to revive through scientific intervention and improved technology for livestock reared with high interest and affection.  Hence, ICAR-KVK Anjaw has organized 6 days long skill training for rural youth (STRY) on Integrated Dairy Development at Bomna village of Metengliang circle under Sub-mission on Agriculture Extension (SAME) of National Mission on Agriculture Extension & Technology (NMAET) of Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India from 22 to 27 March, 2021 with the aim to impart skill-based training to the fifteen number of rural youth of Anjaw district. The training programme was inaugurated on 22nd March and concluded on 27th March 2021. In her valedictory remarks the Chief Guest, Mrs. Mailo Tega, ZPM Chaglongam said, dairy is an important source of income especially for women in plain region however, Mithun, also known as ‘Cattle of Mountain” is an important bovine species of Anjaw and of Arunachal Pradesh and plays an important role in the socio-economic and cultural life of the local tribal therefore, has tremendous scope and opportunity for commercial uses. She also spoke about the declining population and interest in Mithun rearing due to free-range condition and encouraged participants to start semi-intensive rearing of cattle as well Mithun for income generation, self-employment and make the Anjaw self-dependent on milk production. Guest of Honour, Gram Chairperson Metengliang Mr. Dakhinlu Chiba also expressed his satisfaction over training topic and content and stressed to organise more programme in other area of Anjaw district.  Sr. Scientist & Head cum Course Director Dr. Santosh Kumar briefed about the programme and course covered under the training. Under the training programme, theory, practical and demonstration on scientific housing in hill condition with locally available resource, feeding of different category & stage of dairy animals, local feeds, concentrate formulation with local available ingredients, breeding practices and reproduction in bovine species, prevalent disease, parasites and its management, value addition of milk and demonstration on making high energy lick mineral block (HELMB) was covered. In the participant’s feedback HELMB was appreciated by farmers as well dignitaries on the dais. Mr. Naveen Khoisnam Course Coordinator also explained the benefits of skill training and obtaining certificates to get bank loans and benefits of other dairy development schemes. Skill training certificates were distributed to all the participants at the end of the programme. The Programme was organized under the supervision of Dr H Kalita Joint Director, ICAR AP Centre, Basar Arunachal Pradesh.