Kisan Ghosti at Wimberlygunj

Port Blair
12 Jan 2019

The UT Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) in association with Department of Agriculture organized a Kisan Ghosti at Wimberlygunj, Community Hall on 05th January 2019, at 10.00 am to create awareness on Rabi Season activities and Departmental schemes implemented by Agriculture & Line departments.
Shri. O. Bashir, Pradhan Gram Panchayat Mannarghat, alongwth  Smti. Zameela Bibi, Pradhan Gram Panchayat Kanyapuram & Shri.Hamza, Up-Pradhan, Wimberlygunj graced the occasion and witnessed the programme. While addressing the gathering Shri.O.Bashir, Pradhan Mannarghat Gram Panchayat expressed his gratitude to the Departments and motivated the farmers to avail the benefits from concerned Departments.
Shri. J.Mohan, Agriculture Officer (Agri.), briefly explained about the organic cultivation & its prospects in Andaman & Nicobar Islands shared the ill effects of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. It was suggested to the farmers to adopt Organic farming by using all the natural resources, farm & kitchen waste available within the farm surroundings (cow dung, glaricidia leaves, compostable waste  etc.) and to adopt Integrated Farming system approach in cultivation.
Shri.P.K.Moideen, Superintendent of Fisheries explained in detail about the Schemes implemented by Fisheries Department under Union Territory Plan & Centrally sponsored schemes Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY), Subsidy for construction/Purchase of boats (Mechanized/ motorized), supply of fishing inputs, purchase of life saving appliances, financial assistance for renovation of Pond, fishermen houses, compensation towards loss of fishing implements due to natural calamity etc. Further, highlighted schemes and subsidy under RKVY towards supply of deep freezer, insulated ice boxes, purchase of fresh water fish harvesting net, purchase of deep sea fishing vessels for A & N Islands.
Smti. Bithika Gharami, Agriculture Field Assistant briefed the Soil Health Card scheme & the importance of Soil Testing. Shri M Yoosuf, Agriculture Field Assistant briefed the provision of subsidies extended under various departmental schemes for the welfare of farming community. ATMA field functionaries explained about the importance & benefits of bio waste decomposer, preparation method and uses as fertilizer cum pesticides.
A feedback and interaction session with the farmers was also held during the Ghosthi.  The programme concluded with vote of thanks proposed by ATMA team. Altogether 60 farmers along with PRI members attended the programme.