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Rice disease management cum specialist support held

Dimapur, February 19 (MExN): Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) Kohima district conducted district level training on rice disease management cum specialist support in collaboration with NU: SASRD Medziphema at Teichuma village on February 17, 2012.
A press note issued by Rosalane Kithan, Deputy Project Director (DPD) (ATMA) stated that diseased rice sample was collected by the ATMA team Kohima and sent to SASRD Plant Pathology department for diagnosis. The disease was found to affect the particular upland (Jhum) rice variety Tsűli (local name) which is very popular among the farmers. More than 80% of the Jhum fields were affected by this particular rice disease Sheath rot caused by fungi Serocladium oryzae in the previous crop season i.e, 2011.
The note mentioned that programme was chaired by D.A.O & Project Director ATMA Kohima, Nosezole Zao. The chairperson in her keynote address briefed about the importance of managing diseases in paddy which is the major food crop for the populace and as such this kind of epidemic diseases needed to be managed in time. The programme was a follow up of field inspection conducted in the year 2011 by the ATMA team Kohima.
The resource person was Dr.L.Daiho HOD plant pathology department NU: SASRD, Medziphema. During the technical session the resource person advised the farmers that while controlling disease it is always better to use alternative control measures rather than chemicals which also affect the beneficial organism. He suggested that the farmers should go for resistant varieties and avoid places where there are more moisture since it enhances the proliferation of the disease. In case of severe infestation he advised the farmers to go for seed treatment or spraying with either Thiram/Agrosan/Mancozeb. He also advised the farmers to select proper site preferably in the East side since more sunlight controls the disease to some extent. He also cited an example of the great Bengal famine of 1943 and asked the farmers to take serious note of this kind of disease outbreak.
Kekhrieletuo, APPO Kohima district suggested the farmers to be vigilant and inform the department officials at the earliest before the situation worsen. He also advised the farmers not to kill birds like owl, eagle, etc. as these birds feeds on insects which destroy crop plants. BTT Convener Chiephobozou block, Kethoneilhou Vimera gave the Vote of thanks. A demonstration on seed treatment was carried out after the technical session by Mhasikhotuo Mere BTT Convener Kohima block. Seed treatment chemicals were distributed to the farmers.

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