Chandel 20/03/2019: Three days Skill development Training Programme on “Microbe based Technologies for soil health and plant nutrition” was conducted from 18 – 20/03/2019 at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Chandel conference hall. The programme was sponsored by National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Microorganisms, MAU, UP. The inaugural programme was attended by Dr. Chinglenkhomba Meitei, MCS. Addl. Dy. Commissioner, Chandel; Dr. P.K. Sharma, Principle Scientist and Dr. Hillol Chakdar, Scientist of NBIAM, MAU, UP, and Dr. N. Prakash, Director, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam were the Chief Guest, Guest of Honours and President respectively. In the inaugural session, Dr Chinglenkhomba Meitei, MCS. Addl. Dy. Commissioner, Chandel stated that Chandel district is one of the aspirational districts listed in the country. He urged the people of this district to extract maximum benefits from the vast knowledge of various experts coming from different corners of the country during this training programme. The localities of this region should keen interest in such skill imparting programme, which can be used for doubling their incoming. Dr. N. Prakash, Director, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam urged the farmers to take active participation in such kind of skill development training and assured the farmers to provide new technologies for using microbes in agriculture and possible technical support from ICAR institute of this region. Dr. P.K. Sharma, Principle Scientist, NBIAM, MAU (UP) highlighted the ill-effects of jhum cultivation prevalent in hilly regions. The hilly region of north-east regions, by default, follows organic agriculture due to perpetually no use of chemical inputs in crop production. Here, farmers can explore the benefits of several beneficial microbes like bio-pesticides for pest management and bio-fertilizers for seed treatment and soil application making their soils more fertile and productive. The welcome speech was given by Dr. Deepak Singh, Sr. Scientist & Head while vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. K. Sonamani Singh, ACTO (Agril. Engg.). The skill training programmes was attended by 300 farmers and staff of KVK Chandel.