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Organic Farming for Sustainable Agricultural Production In Garo Hills

Theme: Organic Farming for Sustainable Agricultural Production In Garo Hills

Dept of Zoology

Don Bosco College, Tura, Meghalaya-794002

The department of Zoology was invited for attending a day long workshop on the theme mentioned above organised by the ICAR, KVK, West Garo Hills (letter No- No: KVK/TU/COR-4/2012/ Dated: Tura the 20th April 2021). The workshop was to be held in the training hall of District Training Office, Sangsanggre on 23rd April 2021.

The students of 6th sem zoology major along with the HOD attended the workshop. The inaugural programme was initiated by Dr (Mrs) J Mahanta Senior Scientist and Head (i/c) ICAR, KVK. The chief guest of the programme was Shri Ram Singh, Honourable Deputy Commissioner of West Garo Hills, Meghalaya. He emphasized the importance of introduction of organic farming in Garo Hills. He narrated that one of the reason for the recent pandemic hitting across the globe could be because of the quality of food that we are having which is not doing any good to the human immune system. He opined that organic farming can not only boost up the health of the masses but also bring up the farmers economic condition and lead towards a sustainable development.

The First technical session started with a nice presentation from Dr Binu Matthew who set the motion by his presentation on Organic Farming: An Overview. This was followed by a presentation from Dr B K Mishra on Organic Farming relevant to Dairy farming. The presentation by Dr A Barman on Microgreens was very interesting information and was appreciated by all. The topic Scope and Prospects of Organic Farming in Hill Ecosystem by N. Arunkumar Singh was about the management of farming in the hill areas. The second Technical session after a sumptuous lunch was started by a presentation from Dr. Sunildro L.S. Akoijam on Marketing challenges and certification of organic products in India: an overview.

The technical session was followed by valedictory function. The chair thanked the participants for their patient listening. The students and the farmers who attended the programme aired their view on what they have learnt from the workshop. It was emphasized that the farmers would be immensely benefitted as they have been exposed to the new modes of farming. The students were benefitted as they were enlightened on the prospects of the new modes of farming organically which they also would get encouraged to use this knowledge in the future. The department head Dr Biswajit Paul gave the concluding remark that the programme is envisaged to bring in a new era in the field of Agriculture especially in this region and requested the organizers to hold this type of programme more for the students as well as the farmers so that a pool of masses can be generated having the concerned knowledge.

The programme culminated with the vote of thanks from the chair and commented that the certificates for the participants would be sent to the respective colleges.

Biswajit Paul(HOD)

Dept of Zoology

Don Bosco College