...Krishi Vigyan Kendra (s)
The KVK site is located at Romai Village which is about 20 km away towards southeastern direction of Dibrugarh town, the district head quarter and 6 km from Lahoal, a small town with a railway station. The KVK Campus is being developed at Romai with construction of institute building, farmers’ hostel, staff quarters etc. and therefore, at present this KVK is functioning from the temporary office located at Ghoramara about 2 km far from Romai towards Lahoal. The land area of KVK is 16 ha. The geographical location of Dibrugarh is 27.29 deg. N latitude and 94.58 deg. E longitudes. The KVK is connected by NH 37 from Dibrugarh to Lahoal, from Lahoal to Modarkhat by State road and from Modarkhat to Romai by a good motorable village road.
Besides, the following subsidiary activities are very much important to fulfill the aims of the major activities.
1. Participatory rural appraisal for need assessment in the farming system mode.
2. Farmers-scientists interactions on farmers' cultivation related problems and their solutions,
3. Farmers’ fair and farmers’ day to demonstrate and exhibit latest technologies to the farming community in the KVK,
4. Exposure visits for farmers, rural youth, and farm women,
5. Animal health camp and awareness campaign.
6. Field days for on the spot evaluation of crop growth and yield etc.
7. Diagnostic field visit.
8. Organizing self-help groups and farm science clubs.
9. Follow up measures and impact assessment etc.
KVK intervention: A group of scientists from the KVK, AAU, Dibrugarh had visited the spot to take stock of various activities and to suggest alternative enterprises in order to make their group economically sound. KVK observed a heavy demand of organic source of nutrients, as the nearby area is surrounded by numerous small tea gardens as well as a large belt of vegetable. Based on the observations, the KVK advised the group to take up a vermicompost production unit, as required raw material also found to be easily available in the village itself. Though the group initially hesitated to take up the venture, KVK tried to motivate them. Eventually KVK, Dibrugarh imparted a training programme cum demonstration on Vermicompost production. The training was conducted in Phutahulla on 16th & 17th February, 2009, which was attended by 25 participants of the village apart from all members of the group. As follow up, KVK conducted a Front-Line-Demonstration (FLD) on vermicompost production with the SHG at the Romai village. The group started the work by constructing a vermicompost pit in July, 2009 following technical specification provided by the KVK. After that, 3400 nos. of two species of worm (Eisenia foetida and Eudrilus eugeniae) suitable for the area were provided. Under direct supervision and constant hand-holding support of the KVK, they followed step by step scientific vermicompost production. After 3 months, the first harvest yielded 350 kg of vermicompost. So far they have had a good harvest of 1600 kg vermicompost in four batches which fetch them handsome return. Now the group is selling their product to M/s Evergreen Nursery , Dibrugarh in bulk @ Rs. 8.50/-kg whereas it is retailed locally up to Rs.10/per kg in small pickings.