DHO conducts training on major horti crops to dispirit poppy cultivation

DHO conducts training on major horti crops to dispirit poppy cultivation

KHONSA, Jul 9: A training on major horticulture crops to provide alternative livelihood to opium cultivators of Lazu and Sinnu villages was conducted at Lazu PWD IB premises on Monday.

While highlighting the importance of imparting training on major horticulture crops to provide alternative livelihood to the opium growers, DHO Henrik Basar encouraged the opium cultivators to take up cultivation of horticulture crops by replacing existing opium poppy cultivation for sustainable livelihood.

Highlighting the ill effects of opium on the society, he added that opium growers of Lazu area shouldn’t be disheartened because of massive opium poppy destruction done by District Administration and Police department in February last.

The DHO urged the farmers to avoid use of chemical insecticides and instead go for organic cultivation with the help of organic fertilizers which are very much available in dairy/poultry farms.

Lazu EAC I/c D K Thungdok urged the farming community of Lazu and Sinnu villages to shun poppy cultivation and adopt horticulture crops seriously. He pointed that people in other districts like, Tawang, West Kameng’s Dirang and Bomdila areas are solely depend upon horticulture cash crops and are earning sufficient income for their livelihood as well as to support their children’s education.

During the technical session, resource person Dr Abhimanyu Chaturvedi, SMS (Horticulture), Nemhang Ronrang, HDO (Deomali) and Tolong Sumnyan, HDO Khonsa imparted training on organic cultivation practice of large ginger, king chilly and large cardamom. Some of farmers asked for sanction of loan for fencing to safeguard their crops from cattle.

The first day’s training session concluded with an interaction with the opium cultivators. The workshop will continue for another 3 days to cover all opium affected villages like, New Kothung, Old Kothung, Thungjang, Upper Chinhan, Lower Chinhan, Raho and Longliang. (DIPRO)

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