Date: 1st Nov, 2022

Department of Zoology

Sikkim Government College, Namchi

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Namthang South Sikkim is known for its contribution in the field of agricultural development in rural areas of South Sikkim. It is also one of the major places where work on German angora (rabbit) is done.

The Department of Zoology organized an educational tour to Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Namthang South Sikkim on 1st of Nov 2022.

We took 87 students who were accompanied by three faculty members. The journey started around 7:30 am from Sikkim Government College, Namchi and we reached KVK around 10 am. We were received by Subject Matter Specialist, Miss Karma Paden Kaleon and staffs of KVK. Miss Karma escorted the faculties to the office of Shri Indra Prasad Shivakoti, Senior Scientist and Head KVK South Sikkim for brief interaction. The students were guided to the hall where the program was to be conducted.  The program started with welcome speech from Miss Karma followed by a brief on mandate of KVK and its activities by Head KVK Shri Indra Prasad Shivakoti.

As requested prior by HOD Dept. of Zoology, two power-point presentations was presented. One on Biological control of pest and disease by Dr. Pravesh Shivakoty subject matter specialist (plant protection) and the other on German Angora by Dr. Chewang Norbu Bhutia Subject matter specialist      (animal science). This was followed by hands on training on natural farming (liquid manure presentation), vermin-bed preparation and oyster mushroom production along with KVK farm visit.

The program ended with vote of thanks by Miss Jacinta Sharma HOD Department of Zoology, NGC. As a token of gratitude the members of KVK was presented with khadas and gifts by Miss Yangchen Bhutia and Miss Aarati Chettri, Faculties NGC.

Their hospitality was commendable and arrangement of tea and biscuits was also organized for the students and faculty members.

We then proceeded to Chuba around 2:30pm accompanied by Dr. Chewang Norbu Bhutia to visit a small weaving factory. The staff their showed the process of cleaning sheep wool, weaving them into carpets, shawls, etc.

The group then left for Namchi via Perbing. It was a wonderful and informative experience

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