Guwahati, Nov 14: Increasing use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides by the villagers living close to national parks and other wildlife protection areas in the state is construed to be a practice that may cause irreversible damage to wildlife habitat from different aspects.
Responding to the concern, a premier biodiversity conservation and research organisation in the state, Aaranyak has launched an initiative to popularise organic farming and vermicomposting among the villagers living on the fringe of prominent wildlife habitats in the state.
As part of the initiative, the Rhino Research Conservation Division (RRCD) of Aaranyak (www.aaranyak.org) in coordination with the authority of Orang National Park (ONP) and with support from International Rhino Foundation (IRF) on Friday organised a training-cum-sensitisation workshop for a group of select farmers from the fringe areas of the ONP in the presence of DFO, Sandeep Bendi and ONP Ranger, Pranjal Kakoti at the conference hall of the National Park.
The manager of Aaranyak’s RRCD, Arif Hussain informed that a group of 20 select farmers from Besimari and Nalbari Eco Development Committees (EDCs) were trained on vermicomposting and organic farming in the day-long workshop.
Ten farmers were provided with a tank each for vermicomposting in the programme where training was provided by resource person Mohan Bora from Jorhat who is a national award-winning farmer.
DFO, Sandeep Bendi has lauded the efforts of the Aaranyak for organsing such a fruitful programme for farmers from the fringe areas of Orang National Park and pledged to extend cooperation to similar initiative of Aaranyak in future too.
Aaranyak has already organised a similar workshop on organic farming and vermicomposting in Kaziranga National Park for the benefit of farmers from fringes of the KNP.
Aaranyak official Arif Hussain informed that next such training workshop would be held for farmers from the fringes of Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary.