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Arunachal: Training Programme on Rabi Crops Conducted in Lower Subansiri Dist 

An awareness and training programme on Rabi crops and vegetables and various agriculture schemes under the Atmanirbhar Krishi Yojana was jointly conducted by the union ministry of agriculture & farmers welfare (MoAFW) and the Lower Subansiri district agriculture office on Saturday as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.

More than 50 progressive farmers and SHG members attended the programme, during which awareness and training on seed treatment, soil management, bio-control techniques, organic farming, value addition, food processing and industrial agriculture were imparted.

Later, the participants were taken on a field visit to the oldest kiwi orchard in Siro village.

What are Rabi Crops?

Rabi crops or rabi harvest are agricultural crops that are sown in winter and harvested in the spring in India

The crops are sown around mid-November, preferably after the monsoon rains are over, and harvesting begins in April / May. The crops are grown either with rainwater that has percolated into the ground or using irrigation. Good rain in winter spoils the rabi crops.

The major rabi crop in India is wheat, followed by barley, mustard, sesame and peas. Peas are harvested early, as they are ready early: Indian markets are flooded with green peas from January to March, peaking in February.

Many crops are cultivated in both kharif and rabi seasons. The agriculture crops produced in India are seasonal in nature and highly dependent on these two monsoons.

The opposite of the rabi crop is the kharif crop which is grown after the rabi and zaid (zaa-id) crops are harvested one after another respectively.

The words Kharif and rabi have their origins in Arabic. These came to be used in India with the ascent of the Mughal empire in the Indian subcontinent and have been widely used ever since. The term is derived from the Arabic word for “spring”, which is used in the Indian subcontinent, where it is the spring harvest.


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