‘7000 ha across Nagaland identified as organic’

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 5/14/2019 11:30:30 AM IST

 In line with making Nagaland an organic state, additional director of agriculture, Kevikhu Achumi, has informed that 7000 ha of area has been demarcated as “organic” and that necessary steps was being undertaken to identify specific crops in each district for organic certification in phase wise manner. 

He said this while addressing the orientation course on “soil health management” organised by department of Agricultural Extension, SASRD: NU in collaboration with Fertiliser Association of India (FAI) Eastern & Southern Region on May 11 at SASRD, Nagaland University, Medziphema Campus.

A press release by SASRD: NU stated that Kevikhu Achumi, who was speaking as guest of honour, highlighted the work initiated by the department to make Nagaland an organic state and informed that 1700 ha has been demarcated as organic.

He also added that the goal of the department was to bring 7000 ha area under organic cultivation and from thereon continue to work towards achieving organic status in the whole state. 

Achumi also informed that the department has registered 14 FPOs under mission organic value chain development for the north eastern region (MOVCDNER).

In a key note address, special guest, Professor A K Makar, emphasized upon the need of organic manures and called upon the FAI officials to coordinate and affiliate with related industries so that students could be nurtured as per the prevailing demand in agricultural sector. 

In an inaugural address, chairman of FAI Southern Region and & Director (Marketing) SPIC, Chennai, S. Narayanan, stated that intensive agriculture over a period of time has led to nutrient mining and resulted in multi nutrient deficiencies both in the soils and the crops.  

He said the organic carbon content of the soil also has gone down abnormally which led to reduction in microbial population. Narayanan also stressed on the need for adopting integrated nutrient management which helps in soil health rejuvenation.

Regional Head, FAI Southern and Eastern Region, YVN Murthy, gave a brief introduction about the orientation course.  He emphasized that the fertilizer pricing policy is one of the most important factors for promoting the balanced use of fertilizers. 

Murthy said government of India was spending about Rs. 70,000 crore annually on fertilizer subsidies but added that it has not served the basic objective of the fertilizer policy which should aim at promoting balanced use of nutrients.

The inaugural programme was chaired by head of department of Agricultural Extension and Convener of the Orientation Course, Professor K K Jha, invocation was said by Sepila Sangtam and vote of thanks was delivered by Professor J Longkumer from department of Agricultural Extension, SASRD: NU.

The inaugural programme was followed by technical sessions and valedictory programme.  Altogether 116 students from B.Sc(Hon.)Agriculture Final year, M.Sc. (Ag) students  and Ph.D Scholars as well as faculty of SASRD:NU  participated in the day long programme. 


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