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Agri workshop ends

Jorhat, March 7: The two-day regional workshop on Review of Central Sector Schemes and Training Planning organised by the Extension Education Institute (EEI) here, which concluded at Dimapur in Nagaland today, stressed on convergence and integration of agricultural services for the maximum benefit of farmers.

There are only four such institutes in India which train middle-level extension functionaries and State Agriculture Management and Extension Training Institutes in communication skills, management techniques, training methodology and management and farm journalism. The one here caters to the seven states of the Northeast, Sikkim and Bengal.

G.N. Hazarika, director of research (agri), Assam Agricultural University, who was the chief guest, appealed to all present to give the necessary thrust to serve the farming community with best possible extension services.

He emphasised the need to work in convergence and bri-dge the extension gap as several technologies had been generated of late and were available but were yet to reach the farmers and benefit them.

“Irrigation, dairy, fisheries, poultry and many other departments are linked together and these should work in convergence and be brought closer to the farmer,” he said.

In regard to the farmers’ participation in participatory technology development, he expressed the hope that more active participation of farmers could be attained in the agriculture technology management services sche-mes to meet the present needs of agricultural development in the region.

Pradip K. Neog, EEI (Northeast), appealed to participants to go all out to develop the training calendar for all states and plan the necessary training for extension officials during the workshop so that extension services could reach farmers at the grassroots effectively. He said all officials required to join hands to harness the provisions made by various central sector sch-emes such as agri-clinics, agri business and Kisan Call Centre.

K.P. Wasnik, additional commissioner, department of agriculture and cooperation, central ministry of agriculture, New Delhi, who participated in the workshop, said the workshop would help in gearing up the on-going extension services and effective implementation of various central sector schemes as well as extension reforms schemes. This would contribute towards the livelihood of the farmers.

Wasnik said India has a diverse culture, agriculture and the Northeast has even more diversities. He expressed the hope that the workshop would be able to address location-specific issues and facilitate need-based training for extension officials in the coming year so that farmers are benefited.

A. Vinod Rao, consultant, National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management, Hyderabad, also made a presentation on the scheme for agri-clinics and agri business which envisaged the development of agricultural entrepreneurs and highlighted the cases of successful agripreneurs.

Besides about 100 participants representing Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura and Bengal, several faculty members of the School of Agriculture Sciences and Rural Development, Nagaland University and Krishi Vigyan Kendras from the various districts of Nagaland were also present.