A new technology to grow seedlings in trays introduced by World Vegetable Center in Assam is winning the hearts of farmers.
The World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) entomologist Paola Sotelo Cardona recently visited demonstration sites of cabbage and brinjal (eggplant) in Kamrup and Darrang districts of Assam with team members of the Assam Agribusiness and Rural Transformation Project (APART) and district extension staff to interact with beneficiary farmers.
She explained important components of integrated pest management (IPM), such as healthy seedling production in soilless medium using seedling trays, neem-based products formulation, and bioagents, which considerably reduce the incidence and impact of diseases and insect pests. Farmers were happy with the hands-on training.
Taiwan-based World Vegetable Center now has an office in Assam under the World Bank-aided Assam Agribusiness and Rural Transformation Project.
WorldVeg was brought into the project to provide technical support and training for the directorate of horticulture and food processing and the Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA), and to help in the implementation of the production side of the vegetable value chain components of the APART project.