Workshop-cum-distribution of saplings and farm-tools organized at TSP Villages
A workshop-cum-distribution of saplings and farm-tools organized by ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack at Bandhasahi village of Kandhamal district of Odisha state under Tribal Sub-Plan Programme on 8th August 2019. Dr. A.K.Nayak, Coordinator and Dr. Sanjoy Saha, Nodal Officer of TSP Committee along with other members were present. The Institute Management Committee member of ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack Mr. Sukanta Kumar Panigrahi & Mr. Amareswar Mishra attended the programme as guests. About one hundred beneficiaries from Bandhasahi and Pitabari villages received the information and hands-on training on care of fruits plants and tuber crops, inter-culturing, integrated pest management and paddy straw mushroom cultivation practices. Bio-control agents like Trichogramma japonicum and Bracon hebetor, which can control yellow stem borer and leaf folder of rice were released and demonstrated. Saplings of fruit plants and farm tools were also distributed among the beneficiaries.
Dr. S.K.Mishra, member of the TSP Committee welcomed the guests and beneficiaries and Dr. Sanjoy Saha, Nodal Officer explained the aims and objectives of the programme and presented the brief description of works done at TSP villages since last year. Mr. Shantanu Mishra, Treasurer of Partner NGO ‘’SWATI” described the role of the NGO in tribal development and their association in supporting the TSP activities. Mr. Amareswar Mishra, Special Guest of the programme emphasized the scope for formation of farmer interest group (FIG) or a farmer producer organization (FPO) for processing of jackfruit, which is abundant in the area. Mr. Sukanta Kumar Panigrahi, chief guest of the function, stressed the requirement of diversification of crops as well as other income sources for livelihood security of the small and marginal farmers in tribal areas. He further accentuated the necessity to promote Paramparagata Krishi in the tribal hamlets, which are organic by default and urged for facilitation of organic certification of their produce. Dr. A.K. Nayak, in his presidential remarks asks for support of all stakeholders as convergence is the main key of success with regard to all-round development of tribal societies.