Rice farmers empowered to earn better livelihood 

BASAR, Jan 12: A day-long workshop on “Issues in rice cultivation and awareness” to provide right information at right time to empower farmers for taking informed decision to enhance their livelihood was conducted at Nyigam village of Lepa Rada district on Tuesday.

Agro-associate Vikash Panggam and field manager Martha Geyi highlighted the benefits the farmers would get while Basar ICAR S.M.S. (plant pathology) Dr. Raghuveer Singh apprised the farmers about diseases of rice. Tungo virus had caused considerable loss to state’s rice growers in recent past, he said and highlighted complete rice cultivation practices with integrated pest management methods.

ICAR S.M.S.(Agronomy) Badapmain Makdoh narrated importance of land management in rice cultivation and crop rotation of pea, mustard and buck wheat for maximize land use by the farmers to increase profit. Progressive farmer Nyaken and Nyigam village GB Henmi Basar lauded the initiative.

Forty-five farmers took part in this project “ARIK ABIK LUNOM-Mobile based agro advisory services dialect” in local, implemented by Pasighat-based College of Horticulture and Forestry under Central Agricultural University in collaboration with Digital India Corporation (DIC), Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).

The project is implemented in East Siang, West Siang, Upper Siang, Lower Siang, Siang, Lepa Rada, Lower Dibang Valley, Namsai and Shi Yomi districts of Arunachal Pradesh, according to an official release.

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