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CHES orgainzed orientation programme of 8th batch of Apprentice Trainees for Skill development in Horticulture

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Central Horticultural Experiment Station inducted the 8th batch of Apprentice Trainees in Horticulture vocation for one year training during 2015.  This one year training programme is partially funded by Board of Practical Training (BOPT), Kolkata which is working under Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Secondary and Higher Education, Government of India. The apprentice students are sponsored by BOPT and their selection is made by this centre. The formal induction programme for the apprentice of present batch was organized on 2nd February 2015 which was presided over by the Chief Guest, Sri Niten Chandra, Principal Secretary, General Administration, Govt of Odisha. This year a total of 20 trainees including 14 females have joined for the training programme. Welcoming the gathering, Dr H S Singh, Head of the station highlighted the need of trained manpower in horticulture sector in the eastern region of India. He expressed his satisfaction over the interest and progress of the trainees completed in the earlier batches. Dr G C Acharya, training co-ordinator explained the training module in brief and introduced the newly inducted trainees to the gathering.  The training module consists of theory and practical classes on nursery management, scientific cultivation practices of horticultural crops, integrated nutrient/ disease/ pest management, farm mechanization, organic horticulture, exposure visits etc.  Addressing the gathering, the Chief Guest, Sri Niten Chandra emphasized the need of the smart and knowledgeable farmers who will act as local resource persons at different parts of the state. He called upon the scientists of the station to stress on nursery management, rejuvenation techniques, non-pesticide management, organic production, and post-harvest management & processing of horticultural produce. He also suggested to include farmers’ success stories in the curriculum of the training programme.  It was resolved that the trainees would be linked with panchyats to create employment opportunities after successful completion of the training especially quality planting material production and vermin-compost. The trainees expressed their happiness over their nomination for this training while introducing themselves.  On this occasion, all the trainers ( the scientists of the station), technical staff and field worker were present. Vote of Thanks was proposed by Dr P Srinivas, Sr Scientist.