A six-day Skill Training of Rural Youth (STRY) program was conducted on the topic of ‘high-value floriculture’ at Khonoma village, under Kohima district, from November 20 to 25.

It was organized by Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Kohima, under the aegis of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, in association with State Agricultural Management & Extension Training Institute (SAMETI), Nagaland & National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), Hyderabad, a press release received here stated.

In the keynote address, Dr. Ruokuovilie Mezhatsu, Principal Scientist & Head, KVK Kohima, emphasized that the program aimed to impart skill-based training to rural unemployed youths in the floriculture field to boost their skills. “Khonoma being located on a strategic area with tourists flocking throughout the year, floriculture would play a major role in uplifting the economy of the villagers,” he stated.

The resource persons during the technical sessions were Dr. Shisarenla Aier, SMS (Horticulture), Dr. Martina Shitiri, ACTO (Plant Breeding & Genetics), and Keviyieno Zhasa, Technical Officer (Home Science). The topics covered were High-Value Floriculture in Kohima district- scope and scenario, cultivation practices of summer and winter season flowers, principles of fresh flower arrangement, advancement in dry flower production technology, types of bouquets and bouquet making for various occasions, and marketing strategy for value-added floral products for higher income generation.

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