About 200 SHC and two Soil Testing Kits were distributed to farmers of Ri Bhoi district

Shillong, December 10: The KVK Ri-Bhoi in collaboration with NRM Division, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam celebrated the “World Soil Day” on 5th December 2017 last at Dr M. S. Swaminathan Auditorium, ICAR Umiam.

Welcoming the delegates  Dr. M. Mokidul Islam, Senior Scientist and Head, KVK Ri Bhoi, cited the objectives and theme of World Soil Day 2017 -“Caring for the Planet Starts from the Ground”.

Dr. Celestine Lyngdoh, the Hon’ble Minister of Printing and Stationary and PHE Department, Government of Meghalaya was the chief guest on the occasion, in his address to the farmers, he expressed that he was delighted to be a part of the programme and  encouraged KVK Ri Bhoi to further organize such programmes for the benefit of the farmers and helping in sensitizing them about the benefits of Soil Health Cards. Further, he urged the farmers not to exploit the soil but to maintain its health for greater benefits.

Dr. S. Hazarika, Principal Scientist (Soil Science) & Head,  NRM Division presented in brief on soil health and organic manure production process to improve soil health, food and nutritional security. He also recommended to use lime in furrows @200 to 400 kg/ha and 0.2% Borax spray for acid soil management

About 200 Soil Health Cards (SHC) and two Soil Testing Kits were distributed to farmers of 15 different villages of Ri Bhoi district. Technological inputs like pea seed of 50 kg was also distributed to 10 farmers of participating villages. All about 303 farmers, 36 officials including Scientists, staff of ICAR participated in the programme.

In addition, the farmers were made aware about the various technologies developed at ICAR for wider dissemination and application by the farmer of Ri Bhoi district in particular and Meghalaya as a whole through Farmers’- Scientist interactions.

Other important dignatories in this occasation were Dr. N. Prakash, Director, ICAR, Umiam, Dr. B. C. Deka, Director, ICAR-ATARI Zone-VII, Umiam and  Dr. A. Sen, Principal Scientist and Nodal Officer of KVKs, ICAR Umiam

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