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Focus on integrated farming at ICAR event
SHILLONG: A one-day training and awareness programme held recently in the city focused on integrated organic farming system and how farmers can increase their earnings.
Addressing a gathering at the programme, organised by the Division of Crop Production at Agronomy Research Farm at ICAR Research Complex in Umiam, Dr Anup Das, principal scientist and head (division of crop production), emphasised the integration of farm enterprises for enhancing farmers’ income.
Das explained that from the integrated model comprising different crops and livestock component and other complimentary enterprises such as vermicompost unit, live fencing (leguminous hedgerow) and pond unit, a net return of Rs 73,005 per year from 0.43 hectare area and Rs 200 per day can be earned.
Das also explained about organic farming and growing of maize-French bean cropping system for better soil health and reduce cost of cultivation.
Dr Subhash Babu, scientist (Agronomy) explained the details of eight models at the Farming System Research Farm.
He also explained about the benefits of the integrated farming system.
A field demonstration programme was organised to inform farmers about application of organic inputs.
During the programme, pulse seeds (pea) and others were distributed.
Leaflets in local languages on pea, lentil and French bean production in rice/maize fallow and integrated model were also distributed.