Friday, March 28, 2014

Two trainings on use of improved farm equipment held

GANGTOK, 27 Mar: Two training programmes on “Operation & On-farm Maintenance of Power Tiller with Matching Implements and other Improved Farm Equipment Suitable for Cultivation on Terraces in Sikkim” were held in East Sikkim recently. The training was organized by CAEPHT (CAU) centre of AICRP-FIM, College of Agricultural Engineering and Post-Harvest Technology (CAU), Ranipool.
A press release informs that at Kadamtam near Assam Lingzey, the training was held from 19-21 March and at Chengzey near Rumtek, the training was held from 24-26 March.
In the training programme organized at Kamdatam, 22 progressive farmers of three Krishi Samridhi Groups (KSGs) participated. In the training organized at Chengzey, 15 farmers of two different KSGs participated.
In pre-training feedback at both the villages, the participants showed their keenness to know more about operation and on-farm maintenance of light weight power tiller and other improved farm equipment suitable for terraces of Sikkim for timely completion of field operations at reduced drudgery, the release informs.
Principal Investigator of the project, CAEPHT, Dr. NS Chauhan, while addressing the participants briefed the activities of the project and various programmes in operation at the College for the benefit of the farmers.
The salient features of the training programmes include skilled operation and on-farm adjustments and preventive maintenances about light weight power tiller, bush cutter and other improved hand tools and equipment suitable for hill agriculture and group discussion/interaction as per the need of the farmers.
Both the trainings concluded with the post-training feedback from the farmers so that further specialized trainings on the specific topics as per the needs of the farmers may be organized in the farmer’s field at appropriate time. The groups expressed their willingness to undertake practical demonstrations and expressed their desire to meet the adopted farmers of the college for one-on-one discussion and interaction.
The training was coordinated by Associate Professor, Dr. N.S. Chauhan, along with staffs of AICRP-FIM, Department of Farm Power and Machinery, CAEPHT, Ranipool.

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