Dimapur, Jan. 8 (EMN): The Mangkolemba division of the Agriculture department conducted a training programme in integrated pest management for winter crops, at Longjemdang village, on January 8. The Agriculture division of Mangkolemba offered updates about the event.
The subdivision agriculture officer for Mangkolemba A Temsu Aier encouraged the farmers to follow ‘sustainable farming practices.’ He was said to have told the farmers that increasing population has influenced the demand for food which is also increasing every day. He said integrated pest management techniques have been successful in reducing the use of chemicals to control crop pest, and increasing crop production to a vast extent over the years, the updates stated.
The farmers were asked to select healthy seeds and tubers and treat them with appropriate bio-fertilizers before planting.
“They were asked to practice clean cultivation and inspect fields at regular intervals. The farmers were trained on differentiating the crop pests from the defenders, and were shown the use of sticky traps and pheromone traps,” the updates stated.
The farmers attending the event also spoke about their experience with the department officials. The programme was followed by free distribution of integrated pest management kits, pheromone traps and sticky traps, the Mangkolemba agriculture division stated.