Six-day vermi composting training at Rey Mendu

Gangtok, 26 Nov:

A six-day Skill Training of Rural Youths (STRY) on vermi compostingwas inaugurated under Ranka Block in Rey Mendu GPU, East district, on 25 Nov. The training is organised by Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA-East) in coordination with SAMETI-Sikkim and funded by MANAGE-Hyderabad, a press release informs.

All together 25 farmers are taking part in the programme, which will conclude on 30 Nov.

The inaugural session was attended by Zillapanchayat, NarapatiBhattarai as chief guest accompanied by panchayat president and ward panchayat as the guests of honour along with Additional Director, BinaRai,Agriculture Department, ADO, AIs, HIs, VLWs, OFAs and MAs.

Additional Director, MsRai in her address briefed on the functions of ATMA in the state. She also explained the objectives of STRY and urged the trainees to take full advantage of the training.

Progressive farmer-cum-NGO president of Rey Mendu, Nima Lepcha gaveinformation on the scope, importance, marketing process and economic benefits of vermi compost to the farmers.

Resource person, ADO,Susmita Lama [Tamang] briefed the farmers on Integrated Nutrient Management and Vermi composition.

Chief guest, Mr Bhattarai in his address encouraged all the trainees to actively participate in the training.

The programme was coordinated by Block Technology Manager [BTM] and Assistant Technology Manager [ATM].

Similarly, the second day programme held today saw lecture on pest control and disease management on crops and vegetables from ChandaPoudyal, BTM [Martam].

She apprised the farmers about control of pests and diseases on crops using various methods.

In the second session, YaduGautam, Master trainer of vermi-composting from Kokelay, East Sikkim gave hands-on training on preparation of vermicomposting to the farmers.

He also demonstrated how vermicompost can be prepared by utilising locally available materials.