Thoubal: A Three Day Training Programme of Farmers on “Enhancing Agricultural Marketing Through Value Addition of Horticultural Crops” has began on Monday at the Training Hall of Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Thoubal, in Thoubal District.
The training programme is jointly organised by Manipur Small Farmers’ Agri-Business Consortium and KVK Thoubal under the supervision of National Institute of Agricultural Marketing (NIAM), Jaipur.
The inaugural function was attended by Director of Agriculture Manipur Laltanpuii Vanchhong IAS; Project Coordinator, Manipur Small Farmers’ Agri-Business Consortium, MS Khaidem; District Officer of Horticulture and Soils Conservation Thoubal Ksh. Nabakishwar Singh; Associate Professor College of Food Tech. of Central Agriculture University (CAU) Imphal Dr. Ng. Joykumar Singh and Subject Matter Specialist (Agronomy) of KVK Thoubal N. Tomba Singh attended the inaugural function as Chief Guest and Presidium Members respectively.
Speaking at the function, Laltanpuii Vanchong said that organising such programme to promote Agricultural Marketing is a very welcoming step.
She said, the Director also exuded confidence that the training programme will encourage the farmers to practise value addition and help reduce the risks of human exposure to toxic materials.
Associate Professor College of Food Tech. of Central Agriculture University (CAU) Imphal Dr. Ng. Joykumar Singh, SMS (Hort) of KVK Imphal East Dr. Priyadarshini Salam, SMS Agri. Extension of KVK Bishnupur and Farm Manager of KVK Thoubal spoke on the topics “Entrepreneurship Development of Rural Youths Through Processing of Fruit & Vegetables of Manipur”, Pre Harvest Factors Affecting Quality on Post harvest life of fruit & veg. Fectors responsible for deterioration of fruit”, “Opportunities & Challenges in Marketing of Fruit viz. Pineapple, Orange & Lemon” and “Soil Nutrient Management for Production of Organic Fruit of Pineapple, Orange & Lemon” as the resource persons.
The resource persons also responded to different queries raised by the farmers.
The 2nd day of the training programme will be participated by APO (MOMA) Department of Horticulture Dr. L. Jeebit Singh, Programme Asst. (Avril .Extn) of KVK Thoubal S. Prabin Singh, SMS (Horticulture) of KVK Tamenglong Dr. Rk. Roshan and Food Safety Officer Dr. Nongallei Pebam as the resource persons.
The resource persons for the 3rd Day will be Assistant Professor Department of Horticulture PDDUIAS Bishnupur S. Joybi Singh, SMS (Home Science) KVK Thoubal Rk. Lembisana Devi, Assistant Project Officer (MOVCD) Kh. Nimai Singh and Deputy Director (Skill & Mitg) NIAM