Input injection cum awareness programme on enhancement of livelihood and food security for tribal famers of Chandel District, Manipur through adoption of Integrated Farming System was conducted today at Lamphoupasna village, Chandel and was sponsored by Tribal Sub Plan. During the programme experts from KVK Chandel rendered training related to the enhancement of livelihood and food security for tribal famers through adoption of Integrated Farming System. Thereafter, interaction between farmers and scientists was also conducted. The resource persons were Dr. A. Ameeta Devi, SMS (Animal Science) cum head in-charge, Dr. Kl. Levish Chongloi,. SMS(Agronomy), Ts. Leenda Monsang, SMS (Plant Breeding), Dr. K. Sonamani Singh, SMS (Agril. Engg.) and Ps. Lavid Anal, SMS (Horticulture). Input like agri-lime, hybrid maize, rice variety RC maniphou -7, sorghum variety CSV – 27 and ladies finger were distributed to the farmers. 43 farmers and staff of ICAR – KVK Chandel have attended the programme.
Training cum Exhibition on Natural farming was organized today at Modi village, Chandel. The programme was conducted under the project out scaling of natural farming through KVKs and sponsored by Ministry of Agricultural and Farmers’ Welfare, Government of India, New Delhi. The programme was attended by Dr. A. Ameeta Devi, Head i/c cum SMS (Animal Science), ICAR – KVK Chandel and Kl. John, Chief of Modi village as presidium members.
In the keynote addressed by Dr. Kl. Levish Chongloi, SMS (Agronomy) she informed the farmers that Natural Farming is a chemical-free traditional farming method and it is agroecology based diversified farming system which integrates crops, trees and livestock with functional biodiversity. She highlighted the benefits of adopting natural farming such as increasing in production, sustainability, saving of water use, improvement in soil health and farmland ecosystem. Dr. A. Ameeta Devi in her speech emphasized and encouraged rearing of local cow depending on their farm size for natural farming. She explained to the farmers that in organic farming, bio-fertlisers and bio-pesticides are used, but zero budget natural farming is purely dependent on cow. She also informed that there is need to eliminate chemicals in agriculture gradually and to conserve natural resources and revive already depleted natural resources by propagating natural farming to save the soil, water, environment, animal and human health and ultimately overall agro Eco systems. Kl. John, Chief of Modi village in his speech shared his happiness in organising training and the exhibition. He said that farmers in modi village had still adopted natural ways of farming through generation and held organic or natural farming mela every year in the village to promote chemical free crops. Later on training on Natural farming was conducted by experts from ICAR – KVK Chandel. The resource persons were Ps. Lavid Anal, SMS (Horticulture), Ts. Leenda Monsang, SMS (Plant Breeding), Dr. K. Sonamani Singh, SMS (Agril. Engg.). In the exhibition, natural farming products and millets varieties were showcase. 68 farmers and staff of ICAR – KVK Chandel have attended the programme.
Chandel, 17/10/2022: Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Chandel along with 118 farmers and 42 FPO members attended the virtual PM Kisan Samman Sammelan, 2022 at KVK conference Hall. Shri SK Angsel, President BJP Chandel District, Manipur and Dr. A. Ameeta Devi, Head i/c ICAR – KVK Chandel were the presidium members. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the said event at Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. The event brought together more than 13,500 farmers from across the country and around 1500 Agri Startups. In the auspicious event, Prime Minister inaugurated 600 Pradan Mantri Kisan Samruddhi Kendras(PMKSK) under the Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers; launched Bhartiya Jan Urvarak Pariyojana – One Nation One Fertilizer. Under the scheme, Prime Minister launched Bharat Urea Bags, which will help companies market fertilizers under the single brand name “Bharat”. Prime Minister also released the 12th instalment amount of Rs.16,000 crores under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) through Direct Benefit Transfer.
Poshan Abhiyan and tree plantation programme was conducted today at Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Chandel in collaboration with IFFCO. The event was attended by Smt. Ksh. Prava Devi, District Officer, Horticulture and Soil Conservation Department, Chandel; Smt. K. Sharmila Monsang, Secretary, Women Development, Monsang Pantha village, Chandel and Dr. A. Ameeta Devi, Head i/c ICAR – KVK Chandel as Chief Guest, Guest of Honour and President respectively.
POSHAN Abhiyaan is the Government of India’s flagship programme to improve nutritional outcomes for children, pregnant women and lactating mothers, and adolescents. The Abhiyaan is a multi-ministerial convergence mission with the vision to accelerate India’s progress on malnutrition, in a time bound manner with fixed target. Specifically, the mission attempts to (1) deliver a high impact package of interventions in the first 1,000 days of a child’s life; (2) strengthen the delivery of these interventions through technology and management; (3) improve the capacity of frontline workers (FLWs); (4) facilitate cross-sectoral convergence to address the multi-dimensional nature of malnutrition; and (5) enhance behaviour change and community mobilization.
During the event, speech of Hon’ble Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare Shri Narendra Singh Tomar on the occasion was shown to the participants. In the technical session, training programme on the topic of models of Nutri-garden, Nutri-thali for balanced diet, bio-fortified varieties in nutrition and Package of practices of vegetables & horticultural crops were conducted with resource persons Ts. Leenda Monsang, SMS (Plant Breeding); Dr. Kl. Levish Chongloi, SMS (Agronomy) and Dr. Y. Prabhabati Devi, SMS (Home Science) of ICAR – KVK Chandel. Thereafter, vegetable seed package and banana saplings were distributed to the participants, exhibition and tree plantation was also conducted. Altogether 103 participants from farm women, anganwadi workers and students from the district have attended the programme.
A one day training programme on Quality Seed Production of Kharif crops under AICRP – QSP was also conducted today at KVK Chandel. The training was organised by ICAR – RC for NEH Region Manipur Centre in collaboration with KVK Chandel. The training programme was attended by Dr. I.M Singh, Joint Director, ICAR-RC for NEH Region, Manipur Centre, Dr. SS. Roy, Sr. Scientist (Horticulture), ICAR, Manipur Centre and Dr. A. Ameeta Devi, Head i/c, ICAR – KVK Chandel as presidium members. In the technical session, Salam Gunamani Singh, SMS (Plant Breeding), ICAR – KVK Imphal West and Ts. Leenda Monsang, SMS (Plant Breeding), ICAR – KVK Chandel spoke on the concept of Quality Seed Production under participatory approach and its package of practices. Thereafter the training farmer scientist interaction programme was also conducted. Inputs were also distributed to the farmers. 42 farmers of Chandel District and Staff of KVK Chandel have participated the programme.
Field Day on value added product was conducted today at TSP adopted Lamphoupasna village. On the onset, Dr. Y. Prabhabati Devi, SMS (Home Science) welcome the dignitaries and benefitted farmers and highlighted the progress achievement. The Field Day was attended by Dr. I.M Singh, Joint Director, ICAR-RC for NEH Region, Manipur Centre, Dr. SS. Roy, Sr. Scientist (Horticulture), ICAR, ICAR-RC for NEH Region, Manipur Centre; Bs. Lumhring, Chief Lamphoupasna Village and Dr. A. Ameeta Devi, Head i/c, ICAR – KVK Chandel as presidium members. Thereafter the field day, farmer scientist interaction meeting was conducted on the TSP project. Inputs were also distributed to the farmers at auspicious occasion. A total of 62 TSP beneficiaries and staff of KVK Chandel have attended the programme.
Chandel, 26/04/2022: ICAR-Krishi Vigyan Kendra Chandel, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Government of India in association with ATMA Chandel District organized a District Level Kisan Mela “Kisan Bhagidari Prathmikta Hamari Campaign” under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav today. The Kisan Mela was attended by line departments, FPOs and SHGs. The Mela was inaugurated and graced by SS Olish, MLA, Chandel; DB Ringo, Chairman Autonomous District Council, Chandel; Vijay Kanthale Sahebrao, IFS, DFO/ Chandel Forest Division; Ts. Gladney Monsang, DAO Chandel; Dr. Y. Prabhabati Devi, Head i/c ICAR-KVK Chandel as Chief Guest, Guests of Honour, Organising Secretary and President respectively.
During the inaugural session Dr. Y. Prabhabati Devi welcomed the dignitaries and farmers and highlighted the District Level Kisan Mela “Kisan Bhagidari Prathmikta Hamari Campaign” under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to the audience. Vijay Kanthale Sahebrao during his speech urged the farmers to put into practice the advanced technologies promoted by the KVK. He also urged the farmers for adopting high value crops like mushroom for higher return. D.B. Ringo, the Chairman of Autonomous District Council, Chandel appealed to the farmers to adopt diversified cropping system to maximise the returns. The mono-cropping system is totally outdated and cultivators should be wise enough to put into use the latest farming technologies. SS Olish, Hon’ble MLA, Chandel advocated for developing and concentrating specific crop products which are unique in the district. She also urged the farmers to greatly utilize the privileges received being an aspirational district. And she motivated the farmers to seriously take up weaving as an alternative source of income and also approach the concerned line departments for necessary raw materials and marketing facilities.
In coinciding with the Kisan Mela programme, an online launching of Kisan Bhagidari Prathmikta Hamari – Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav by Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar was also witnessed by the audience. He interacted with farmers across the country who were present in Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) in towns and cities in various states across India. The purpose of the interaction was to make farmers aware of flagship schemes of Government of India and to assess the achievements and benefits that the farmers are gaining at the grassroots.
Thereafter a farmer-scientist interaction meet was also held in which many farmers participated enthusiastically. This was followed by a technical session on Millets, Oilseeds and Bio-fortified crops with KVK experts as resource persons. The programme concluded with vote of thanks by Ts. Gladney Monsang, DAO Chandel. The kisan mela was attended by 220 farmers along with the dignitaries and staff of line departments.
Chandel, 20/04/2022: Campaign on “Enhancing Millets Production for increasing farm income” as a part of Mega Campaign Annadata Devo Bhava under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav was conducted today at Purum Chumbang village, Chandel. The programme was organised by KVK Chandel, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Manipur Centre.
The keynote address was given by Head incharge Dr. Y. Prabhabati Devi, SMS (Home Science). While delivering the keynote address she informed the farmers that Millet is one of the important nutri cereal which have high nutraceutical and medicinal value and also a good source of fibre which helps in the reduction of colon cancer. she emphasized that Millet is also a good source of antioxidant which helps to fight off free radicals and helps to keep our body healthy. She also encouraged the farmers to cultivate millets for health and doubling their income. The resource person of the campaign Ts. Leenda Monsang, SMS (Plant Breeding) during the technical session, elaborated on millets varieties, seed production technologies and cultivation practices. During the campaign, Sorghum variety CSV -27 seeds were distributed to the farmer. The programme concluded with vote of thanks by Ps. Lavid Anal, SMS (Horticulture). The campaign programme was attended by Rev. Yulhung Halpu Chothe, President Vison 2020 Asia Beyond Network and Marim Rimdam Chothe, Selrung, Village Authority along with 47 farmers.
08/03/2022, Chandel: The Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Chandel celebrated the International Women’s Day 2022 on 8th March with the theme “Empowering Women Farmers with Skill and Knowledge”. Ksh. Prabha Devi, District Horticulture and Soil Conservation Officer, Chandel, Mrs. Ts. Martha Monsang, Women Church Leader, Monsang Pantha and Dr. Asem Ameeta Devi, Head i/c, KVK Chandel were the Chief Guest, Guest of Honour and President respectively. The programme was moderated by Ts. Leenda Monsang, SMS(Plant Breeding). Welcome and key note address was given by Dr. Y Prabhabati Devi, ACTO (Home Science). She elaborated the “Role of Women in Agriculture and entrepreneurship development” for empowering women and underscored for income generating activities by women farmers through attaining skill of agro-processing and value addition.
In recognition of the contribution in the field of agriculture and allied sectors, a felicitation was conducted for the successful women entrepreneurs and women farmers from Chandel District. Dr. Asem Ameeta Devi Head i/c, KVK Chandel in her speech, she emphasized on the women’s empowerment and development of women entrepreneurs for better socio-economic development. While, Ts. Martha Monsang, Women Church President, Chandel, spoke on the importance of education. She also elaborated that educated women can only bring socio- economic changes in the society. Chief Guest Ksh. Prabha Devi stressed on the rights of the women and different act against discrimination of women.
During the programme, an exhibition was also conducted showcasing the product produced by the women entrepreneurs and farm women. The programme ended with vote of thanks by Dr. Kl. Levis Chonloi, ACTO (Agronomy).
Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Chandel organized the World Soil Day under the theme “Halt soil salinization, boost soil productivity” at the Conference Hall. The day was observed to raise awareness of the need to maintain not only healthy ecosystems but also mental and physical well-being of human society by addressing the ever-increasing challenges in soil management, fighting soil salinization issues, increasing soil health awareness and mobilising all sections of society to do their bit in improving soil health. The programme was attended by Naoram Pritam Singh, SDO, Chandel; Kshetrimayum Prava Devi, District Horticulture Officer, Chandel and Dr. A. Ameeta Devi, Head i/c as the Chief Guest, Guest of Honour and Functional President respectively. Dr. K. Sonamani Singh, SMS (Agril. Engg.), KVK, Chandel, while giving the key note address mirrored the environmental concerns and views shared widely in the global platform. The very word “human” is linked to the Latin word “humus” which means ground or soil. So, without humus, human life is unsustainable. He stressed that the day is specially marked as a means to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and to advocate for the sustainable management of soil resources. Farming in the district of Chandel though almost organic by default still faces the threat of serious soil damage due to the unaccounted deforestation especially in the areas where shifting cultivation is the norm. Water depletion is visible but soil erosion is less dramatically apparent. Since we still see standing crops we tend to overlook how impoverished our soil quality is. Humanity cannot speak of prosperity, equality or even spirituality if it takes for granted the very earth on which it stands. Drastic soil degradation, in turn, could mean mass urban migrations, social tensions and disruption of lives and livelihood and also lower levels of nourishment. Dr. A. Ameeta Devi during her speech encouraged the farmers to aware the importance of soil health and increase farm productivity. District Horticulture Officer, Chandel Kshetrimayum Prava Devi, extolled the farmers to undertake both use and production of organic manure in their own domestic level by segregating and recycling the household wastes. And N. Pritam Singh, stressed the need for the farmers of the district to be sincere and serious in their approach towards environment and to leave it clean and green for the next generation. He spoke on the present and common issues encountered by the farmers and advocated for a holistic approach towards a prosperous farming in collaboration with officials of KVK and other line departments. Later various vegetable seeds and soil health cards were distributed to the participating farmers. The programme ended with vote of thanks by Ts. Leenda Monsang, SMS (Plant Breeding) and the occasion was attended by 27 farmers and staff of KVK Chandel.