Krishi Vigyan Kendra, in collaboration with Iaikyrshan Cluster Farmers Producer Multipurpose Cooperative Society LTM Bhoirymbong block of Ri-Bhoi, and the Division of Animal Health and Fisheries Sciences, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region Umiam held a farmers’ mela-cum-animal health camp on Friday at Tyrso village.
Around 500 farmers, self-help group (SHG) members and others from Tyrso and neighbouring villages were present.
Various vitamins, mineral mixtures and supplements were distributed to around 250 farmers during the occasion. About 2. SHGs participated in the exhibition during the mela to showcase their products for the other farmers and villagers. The best stalls were awarded cash prizes of Rs 7,000 for first place, Rs 6,000 for second, Rs 5,000 for third and Rs 4,000 and Rs 3,000 for two consolation prizes. First prize was awarded to Tehsong Village Organisation, Umtngam.
The chief guest was Bhoirymbong Block Development Officer, CJK Warjri, who highlighted various initiatives taken by the block in implementing state and central government schemes.
Mawhati MDC Charles Marngar stressed on the need of having a clear understanding among the members of Iaikyrshan FPO and to contribute equity share generously for the betterment of society. He urged the member to be vigilant and maintain transparency and accountability of the entire fund being received from various agencies.
M Mokidul Islam, Principal Scientist and Head KVK, Ri-Bhoi gave a brief introduction of the central sector scheme and promotion of 10,000 farmers producer organisations (FPOs) in the whole country, which is implemented by the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) and supported by KVK Ri-Bhoi as cluster-based business organisations. He also urged the farmers to register for the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme through the BDO for the benefit of Rs 6,000 per year per farmer.
Juliana Sten, member of the FPO, welcomed all the dignitaries, invitees and members of various SHGs, village organisations and headmen. During her speech, she elaborated on how as a FPO they have faced problems in convincing farmers and SHG members to join and contribute to society and how they have overcome these challenges by their first birthday.
Later Samir Das, Senior Scientist (Animal Health), ICAR Umiam, gave an elaborate lecture on the importance of vaccination of all animals. He also explained about the importance of feed and feeding management of livestock for optimum growth and production.