14-week training for farmers of Ranka-Malangthang concludes

RANKA, 22 Mar:

The 14-week long training programme for Farmers Farm Schools of Ranka-Malangthang ward concluded on 21 March. The programme was organized for 30 farmers of the village by Central Integrated Plant Management Centre [CIPMC], Gangtok, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India.

Speaking on the occasion, BR Meena, Plant Protection Officer, CIPMC, said that the 30 farmers who were trained during the programme have become Doctors who can control and manage pests in their farms. He said that they are now capable of preparing organic pesticides from locally available plants and other ingredients and also have full knowledge to utilize the same with proper technique.

He informed that his centre has trained six farmers clubs of East Districts having 30 farmers in each cluster including the present one. He also thanked the farmers for their utmost dedication and regular participation in the programme and assured that he will urge the Ministry to sanction other similar central government schemes to assist farmers and make the Sikkim government’s organic mission a huge success.

In her address, Field Assistant [Ranka], Food Security and Agriculture Development Department, Amrita Rai, informed the farmers about recently launched Farmers Pension scheme of the government and urged them to suggest names of those famers who are eligible for the scheme. She also urged the farmers to attend all the meetings and training programmes whether it is organized by the State or the Central Government.

Later, kits useful for identifying and controlling pests were distributed to the farmers by Mr. Meena, Ms Rai, K Elangovan [Asst. PPO], Ram Naresh Prasad [Scientific Assistant] and HB Kalikotey [Jr. FA].

On previous days, similar programmes were organized for the farmers of Sama-Sibik, Dhajey, Rey-Mindu, Nimthan and Timpyam villages, Mr. Meena informed.