TEZPUR, July 25: A training on best management practices of rice and a field testing of ‘Rice Knowledge Bank’ mobile application was held under APART at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Sonitpur on Monday located at Napama area near here. The training was attended by nearly 35 farmers of Sonitpur district.
Angana sarma, I/c head, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Sonitpur delivering her welcome address spoke on the importance of the event and urged the farmers to follow scientific way of practicing agricultural activities for doubling income cultivation. Dr Roji Chutia, subject matter specialist (Agronomy) stressed that farmers need to follow some scientific cultivation practices for improving the agriculture scenario of the state. She further stated that Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Sonitpur will provide technical guidance and help to the farmers in learning new technologies of improved rice cultivation. Rupsikha Goswami, assistant project scientist of APART advised the farmers to cultivate stress tolerant rice varieties (STRVs) which would further increase income of the farmers. Dr Gayatree Goswami and Dr Abhilisa Mudoi, project scientist under APART acted as resource persons for the programme. During the training programme, the farmers were made aware of the best management practices of rice along with integrated pest and disease management to ultimately increase the yield of the produce. A field testing of ‘Rice Knowledge Bank’ mobile application launched by Assam Agricultural University with technical support from IRRI was also conducted at the office premises. Jyoti Bikash Nath, specialist of International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) also acted as resource person for the training and guided the farmers on how to use the application for their benefit, right from cultivation to marketing of the produce. He also highlighted the economic benefit through adoption of climate resilient technologies of rice cultivation like use of mechanical transplanter, reaper, drum seeder, combined harvester, seed cum fertiliser drill, etc. The training programme was also attended by Dibyajyoti Saikia, Rajib Lochan Sahu and Debajit Bhuyan of APART, KVK Sonitpur. The programme ended with a vote of thanks by Palash Thengal, project associate of APART project. The farmers expressed their satisfaction over such a training programme and provided their valuable feedback at the end.