Indo-German Cooperation on Agricultural Market Development (AMD) Project, jointly with Directorate of Horticulture, Government of Odisha, National Institute of Plant Health Management (NIPHM), Hyderabad conducted three days residential training programs for Farmers Producer Organizations (FPOs) members on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) for Ginger and Turmeric. The training program was conducted from 14th to 16th December, 2022 at Institute on Management of Agricultural Extension (IMAGE), Bhubaneswar. The first two days of the training program was focused on principles of Good Agriculture Practices, use of biofertilizer and biopesticides and last third day was extended with a field visit program to learn good farming practices.
Dr. Basavaraj S, Assistant Director PHM(H&F), NIPHM and Dr. S. Jesu Rajan, Scientific Officer, Entomology at NIPHM were the major resource presons of the training program. Mr. Sukant Kumar Subudhi, Joint Director-Horticulture, GoO highlighted the benefits of different government program related to value chain development of ginger and turmeric and promotion of export measures. Mr Pratyush Ranjan Singh, Deputy Team Leader of the Indo-German Cooperation on Agricultural Market Development (AMD) Project stressed the importance of Good Agricultural Practices for the farmers of Ginger and Turmeric. The training program focused on adaption of Good Agricultural Practices by farmers for better harvest quality and increase the potential for exports to overseas markets.
Dr. Gouri Shankar Sahoo, Head of the Department, Vegetable Science, Orissa University of Agriculture & Technology, Bhubaneswar gave a detailed presentation on the principles of Good Agriculture Practices of Ginger and Turmeric centric to Odisha state.
The training program was attended by around 35 FPOs members from different districts of Odisha state. The training program was moderated and facilitated by Mr Gajjan Singh Verma, Project Officer of the Indo-German Cooperation on Agricultural Market Development (AMD) Project.