Shillong, February 20, 2021(MMP): Nestled in perfect ambience at the foot hills of Shillong Peak, Krishi Vigyan Kendra at 5th Mile in Upper Shillong got its new building recently. The building was formally inaugurated by Meghalaya Agriculture Minister Banteidor Lyngdoh amidst strict adherence of Covid-19 protocol, marking a new beginning in imparting new agricultural knowledge to the farmers of Meghalaya.
Krishi Vigyan Kendra at Upper Shillong is an ideal Agricultural Centre. The name means “Farm Science Centre” created by Indian Council for Agricultural Research. The aim of the Centre is apply agricultural research in a practical and localized setting. The Centre falls in one of the Agri-Technology Applied Research Institutes (ATAARIs) throughout India. The Upper Shillong KVK is adorned with fertile land surrounded by lush green grass and the whispering pines all around.
Speaking to the media, Senior Scientist of KVK, Bahunang Wahlang provides information about genesis of the Centre including unpublished agricultural activities and its allied sectors imparted to the farmers over the years.
Besides the practical field activities, farmers are also provided with reading materials in the form of brochures and booklets on citrus plantation, fisheries, growing of vegetables, water harvesting, paddy cultivation cum fishery, organic farming and use of bio-pesticides to combat the various pests and insects who are on their toes to destroy the crops.Wahlang is not hesitant to explain of the fishery cum piggery facility.
She also turns her attention to explain about the paddy cultivation cum fish rearing, which is being replicated by many farmers for earning double income from selling of paddy and fishes. She also explains about growing of vegetables in this Centre.
Before winding up, she points out the unnoticed agro-shaded nets covered over the plum trees and says that they have been very useful to protect the trees from hails and frosts during winter.When asked whether the long months of Covid-19 pandemic has jeopardized or not the agricultural training activities imparted by Krishi Vigyan Kendra Wahlang says that as field activities have come to a grinding halt due to Covid-19 pandemic, to only option to impart knowledge to the farmers in through Line facility.MMP