A training programme on the preparation of enriched vermicompost and method of application in the field was jointly organized by DBT-KISAN Sub hub -1 along and partnering institute IISWC, Sunabeda for selected farmers of Rayagada, Malkangiri and Koraput, Odisha. Farmers have started preparing their fields for sowing in the Kharif season.
In Karabadi village, Khairpur block of Malkangiri training programme on seed treatment was organized and around 20 farmers participated. Mr. Prashant Kumar Parida, MSSRF, Sub-Hub1 trained farmers on segregation process of quality seeds, seed treatment with Trichoderma viride and Pseudomonas to control seed borne infestations. Along with this, training on raising of seed beds, and nursery bed preparation with the soil application of Trichoderma viride and Pseudomonas bio-products were taught. Dr. Dhruva Charan Sahoo, Head, IISWC, Sunabeda trained the farmers on preparation of enriched farm yard manure (FYM) and utility of vermicompost in organic farming.
Hands on training on the process of preparation of vermicompost were given as well as through a demonstration video, as well as the training video link embedded with a ICT barcode appended on the vermi-beds. The farmers with android mobile facility can scan the barcode and watch the video containing the process of vermicompost preparation and its utility and process of application.
The farmers showed interest to take up vermicomposting technology, which will help them to enhance the soil fertility by using organic fertilizer and reducing mineral fertilizer application and thereby reducing input cost. Three progressive farmers Mrs. Lalita Kandki, Mr. Chandra Sekhar Nayak and Mr. Dasharathi Kandki were proactive and volunteered to teach the farmers in their Kui language for better understanding. MSSRF staff members (Young Professionals) Mr. Rajdeep Behera and Mr. Santosh Kumar Jena facilitated the training programme.
Young Professionals associated with this project were well oriented on the implementation of the vermicomposting technology in the operational villages of Rayagada, Malkangiri and Koraput districts of Odisha.