Three days Training Programme on ‘Group Approaches: a means for enabling income of Small landholders’ under Farmers FIRST

    A three days training programme on ‘Group Approaches: a means for enabling income of small landholdersunder the Farmers FIRST programme of the institute was organized on 18th to 20th March,2021 at the ATIC hall of ICAR research Complex for NEH region, umiam. A total 20 farmers including some farm women from four villages viz., Nalapara, Lalumpam, Umtham and sarikhushi under Margnar cluster was attended the training. The objective of the training was to sensitize the farmers about different farmers organizations, benefits of farmers collectives, how to form organizations, support available for it and market linkages to fetch a good income. The training was started with the welcome address by Dr. N. Uttam Singh, Head, DTAC; he also highlighted the importance of different group approaches and its’ benefits to the farmers. Dr. Meena Das, PI of Farmers FIRST elaborated about how the farmer’s collectives may form under the project followed by Dr. Pampi Paul, Scientist (Agril. Extension)  focused on farmer’s organizations and market linkages to fetch a good income for the small farmers. Further, Dr. G. Kadrivel, Principal scientist and PI, ABI sensitized the farmers about farmer producer companies in North East India and DDM from NABARD, Ri-Bhoi district also emphasized on schemes and financial services available to promote the group approaches among the farmers. Later, a visit was organized for the farmers to an established farmer’s organization, so that trainee farmers can apply the principle ‘seeing is believing’.  The training programme was coordinated by Dr. Pampi Paul, scientist, DTAC, Dr. N.Uttam Singh, SS and Head, DTAC and Dr. Meena Das, SS, DFAS of ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam, Meghalaya.

Glimpses of training programme