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On Pea Crop under National Food Security Mission NFSM (Pulse) in Jorhat District, Assam

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AGORATALI FIELD MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE (FMC)

The AGORATALI FIELD MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE (FMC), in the village Neulgaon with Shri Bipul Mili and Shri Ronuj Pegu as President  and Secretary respectively under Allengmara A. D. O. Circle and Sawguri Eleka in  40 No. Parbatia Janajati  Gaon Panchayat of District- JORHAT, ASSAM cultivated Pea crop under National Food Security Mission: NFSM (Pulse) during 2014-15. The FMC had received about 13.00 Quintals of Pea Seed  (Variety HUDP-15) from District Agricultural Authority of Jorhat under the Departmental schematic provision of NFSM and cultivated in a compact area of 219 Bigha (Approximately 29.20 Hectare) of land involving 26 number of farmer members of the FMC.

The Pea crop, as a relay cropping, was cultivated as a second crop in a paddy field and pea seeds were sown when paddy seeds attained its ripening stage. Thus Pea seeds were sown in the paddy fields without any tillage operation i.e. the crop was grown under ‘zero’ tillage operation.

During the harvesting time, altogether 3 (Three) plucking were done with regards to Pea crop and the FMC achieved production to the tune of 180 quintals from the compact area of Pea cultivation. Subsequently the FMC sold the total quantity of produced @ Rs. 12.00  per kg. of pea and earned a total amount of Rs. 2.16 Lakh as sale proceeds from the entire consignment.

The District Nodal team of NFSM Headed by the District Nodal Officer, NFSM, Jorhat including respective Agricultural Development Officer, Village Level Extension Worker, Technical Assistant: NFSM had been monitoring the schematic cultivation of Pea crop and provide timely and necessary advice to the participant farmers under the supervision of District Agricultural Officer, Jorhat.

During the crop period, a number of senior officers had visited the crop. They include Dr. Arunima Dev Chowdhury, State Consultant, NFSM, Assam; Mr. Rahul Das, Director ASSCA.

[N. B. Relay cropping is the growing of two or more crops on the same field with the planting of the second crop after the first one has completed its development.]

[Source : This article is drafted by Dr. Birendra Nath Sarma, District Agricultural Officer, Jorhat  &  Mr. Binod Bargohain, Assistant Director Of Agriculture & District Nodal Officer, NFSM, Jorhat, Assam]

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