Agriculture Department in association with State Agriculture Management and Extension Training Institute (SAMETI), Govt. Of Sikkim and National Institute of Agriculture Extension Management ( MANAGE), Hyderabad conducted a six-day function on Skill Training for Rural Youth ( STRY) on Enriched VermiCompositing (6 +1) which was successfully inaugurated today on 30th November 2022 at Integrated Nutrient Farm School (INM), Kokaley, Rakdong Tintek- Block, Gangtok District, Sikkim. The programme is scheduled up to 5th December 2022.
The Training Programme was chaired by Mr. Ongdup Lepcha Panchayat as Chief guest and Special Guest Miss. Susmita Lama Tamang (Deputy Project Director), Agriculture Department, Mrs. Jenny Basnet (Agriculture Development Officer). Total Participating Farmers attendance was 15no including members from different SHGs. The programme was also attained by Area Agriculture Inspectors and other Field Functionaries. The programme was conducted by Block Technology Manager (BTM), Rakdong-Tintek Block.
Deputy Project Director (Agriculture Department) highlighted the aims and objectives of the training and encouraged all the participants to actively take part during the training. The programme was further addressed by Chief Guest, who encouraged the participants to continue efforts on skill development for increasing their income. The inaugural session was concluded with Farmers officers’ interaction.
The programme continued with a technical session with a lecture on “Integrated Nutrient Management and Vermi Composting” by Resource person Mrs Jenny Basnet (Agriculture Development Officer) spoke on the introduction to vermiculture and vermicomposting, an overview of potential benefits and constraints, steps of vermicomposting and methodology, identification of basic characteristics of a worm, selection of site and physical requirement of vermin compost unit, working with worm nutrient, the content of vermicompost, pest and disease, application of vermin wash, the scope of vermin technology in Organic farming and post-harvest management.
Deputy Project Director is the Course Director and BTM is the Course Coordinator of the STRY Programme. Lastly, the programme was concluded with an Integrated Nutrient Farm School Visit.