“Mixing farming with animal husbandry needed to enhance farmers earning”

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IMPHAL June 22: The First Farmers’ Club meet organized by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, an initiative of the Central Agricultural University (CAU) was held at Andro, Imphal East today.

The meet was attended by Andro MLA Th Syamkumar, dean of CAU, Prof N Iboton, director of research CAU, M Rohinikumar, director of extension education, Prof. M Premjit and project coordinator of KVK, Dr T Medhabati as dignitaries of the function.

Among the attendees were farmers from nearby areas including members of five farmers’ clubs.

Professor M Premjit in his presidential address stressed on the need to take up animal husbandry and planting of high value crops by the farmers as a means of earning more income aside from the traditional cultivation done in the state.

On the problems faced by the farmers in the state, he said uncertain weather, limited choice of crops and variety, low cropping intensity and unstable yields are the major problems.

The shrinking cultivated areas, inadequate availability of quality seeds, scarcity of water for irrigation during winter seasons and lack of processing infrastructure further compounds the problems, stated the professor.

Further, for improving the livelihood and income of farmers on a year round basis, crop diversification and integration of farming with livestock and fish farms as a complementary activity, cultivation of high value crops like planting strawberries, bee keeping can be taken up.

Addressing the unavailability of irrigating water during the lean times, the professor pointed out that ponds can be dug out near the arable lands and irrigation can be done to produce rabi crops, he also emphasized on the method of water harvesting to keep the pond water in abundant supply.

Speaking as the chief guest, Th Syamkumar stressed on the need for self sustenance in the state to bring about progress and development.

He also acknowledged the importance of carrying out such programs which has helped the farmers to garner knowledge and added that KVK has been instrumental in playing out the role specially in the Andro area.

Before donating a sum of Rs 10,000 to the KVK, the local MLA Th Syamkumar also announced a donation of Rs 5 lakhs from his local area development fund to the KVK to impart training to the farmers. He also donated another Rs 10 thousand for the five farmers club.

Project coordinator of KVK, T Medhabati also distributed checks of Rs 5000 each to the farmers sponsored by NABARD.

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