Bureau DIBRUGARH, Dec 31 - A Field Day on improved potato and toria cultivation at Jhanjimukh village of Barbaruah Block in Dibrugarh was conducted recently.
The Field Day was a part of a programme on ‘Demonstration on Improved Potato Cultivation under Post- flood Situation’ and ‘Demonstration on Improved Toria Cultivation in Sand and Silt-Deposited Areas’ under the NICRA project implemented by the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) of Dibrugarh.
The project is being implemented at Jhanjimukh and Lezai Miripothar Gaon/ Panimiri Gaon under Barbaruah Block of Dibrugarh.
The main vulnerability of the NICRA village in Dibrugarh is flood and hence different interventions with respect to flood mitigation are being demonstrated so that the farmers may cultivate different crops even during adverse climatic conditions.
The basic aim of the National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) project was not only to demonstrate climate-oriented technologies for the betterment of the farming community, but also after conducting several climate-oriented interventions, the well- performing interventions will be upscaled and emphasis will be given in their horizontal expansion.
Keeping this in mind, high-yielding toria varieties were introduced during 2014-15, besides high-yielding potato Kufri Pukhraj was introduced during 2015-16 by using scientific package of practices.
By the end of 2018-19, the toria varieties could be replicated to 150 hectares and Kufri Pukhraj variety replicated to 15 hectares. Further, more than 150 farm families were directly benefited from these two interventions.
Moreover, all these varieties were replicated to other nearby villages. For wide coverage of this success story, the Field Day programme was organised in the presence of several experts who included Dr RK Saud, Associate Director of Extension Education, AAU, Jorhat, S K Gogoi, District Agriculture Officer, Dibrugarh, B Pegu, Agricultural Development Officer, Barbaruah, among others.
The organisers were hopeful that these technologies will be replicated to other parts of the district, and even farmers from other districts where similar agro-climatic condition prevails will come forward and cultivate the aforementioned vegetables by using scientific agri techniques to boost agricultural output.