TEZPUR, Dec 15: A fifteen day long training programme for Agricultural Input Dealers started from Tuesday at the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Sonitpur campus. The programme will continue till December 28.
Welcoming the dignitaries and input dealers of the Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat and District Agriculture Office, Sonitpur, Dr Arifa Momtaz Begum, in-charge, head, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Sonitpur, elaborated about the objective of organising the training programme. Sonitpur DC Bhupesh Chandra Das welcomed the participants and emphasised on the necessity of creating awareness among input dealers regarding agricultural inputs and described about the training programme, its prospects and advantages. He also emphasised on the importance of soil testing and Soil Health Card to reduce the cost of cultivation.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the event, Prakash Chandra Borah joint director of Agriculture cum DAO, Sonitpur emphasised on soil health deterioration due to injudicious application of chemical fertilisers to the crop field. Among others, the programme was also attended by Hareswar Das, assistant director of Agriculture, Sanjukta Saikia, subject matter specialist (Plant Protection). Around 25 numbers of input dealers participated in the training programme. A technical bulletin on “Potato Cultivation” was also released on the occasion. The inaugural session was conducted by Dr Namita Dutta, subject matter specialist (Soil Science) and ended with the vote of thanks by Dr Roji Chutia, subject matter specialist (Agronomy).
In the technical session, Diganta Thapa, SDAO, Sonitpur spoke on weed management of field and horticultural crops while Prakash Bora delivered his lecture on seed technology and seed treatment.