|| Mingkeng Osik ||

PASIGHAT, July 2: On the occasion of Van Mahotsava, a state-level workshop and also training on ‘Scientific Areca Nut Cultivation Technologies’ was organized at the College of Agriculture, Pasighat.

The workshop was funded by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI), Kasaragod, Kerala, under the Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) component, and organized by the College of Agriculture, Pasighat in collaboration with CPCRI.

A total of 100 farmers from various districts, including East Siang, Siang, Upper Siang, and Lower Siang, benefited from the workshop. The training provided scientific Areca Nut (Tamul) cultivation techniques and 20,000 saplings of the Areca Nut were distributed.

Mebo MLA Oken Tayeng praised the efforts of CPCRI along with the College of Agriculture for the initiative in training local farmers to improve their quality of life.

College of Agriculture dean Dr BN Hazarika advised the farmers to utilize the knowledge gained from the workshop and engage in multi-cropping with Areca nut, Black Pepper, Coco plant, and Banana cultivation to maximize their income.

The workshop was attended by CPCRI-Kasaragod director Dr Hebbar KB, ICAR CPCRI principal scientist Dr Samsudeen K, ICAR CPCRI principal scientist Dr Thambam C, and others.