‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ activities carried out across Nagaland

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 11/24/2021 12:01:53 PM IST

As part of the “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” activities which are being conducted to commemorate 75 years of India’s Independence, various activities such as “biodiversity conservation walk”, sales day and other programmes were organised at Kiphire, Kohima, Jakhama, Nsunyu Village, Botsa Town, Central Institute of Horticulture (CIH) Nagaland campus and Anatongre village respectively.

Kiphire forest division: To mark the nationwide celebration of “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”, Kiphire forest division, department of environment, forest & climate change under the ambit of Nagaland Forest Management Project (NFMP) organised a sales day for SHGs Anatongre at daily market, Kiphire town on November 22.

According to a DIPR report, the sales day was organised in recognition of the role of “tribals” in sustainable forest management, and to highlight their income generating activities.

Three SHGs participated in the sales day and products including vegetables, wild fruits and handicrafts were sold.

Kiphire forest division also conducted training for the joint forest management committee (JFMC) under FDA (NAP). For the training the JFMC Kiphire village was selected and was given hands-on training on “nursery techniques”. As a follow up action of the training, nursery materials such as agro-net, polybags, watering cane and seeds were provided to JFMC for establishment of nursery in their villages.

Jakhama: Nagaland State AIDS Control Society (NSACS) organised an awareness programme on Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Tuberculosis (TB) and blood donation, under the aegis of National AIDS Control Organisation, ministry of health and family welfare, in commemoration of 75th years of India’s independence at St. Joseph’s College Jakhama on Tuesday.

Addressing the programme, District AIDS Prevention and Control Unit (DAPCU) Kohima, district program officer Sentimongla Tzudir briefed on the prevention, causes and treatment for HIV and AIDS.

Meanwhile district TB officer Dr. Akaba Jamir and assistant director (SIMU) NSACS, Avilie Sekhose also spoke on TB Mukh Bharat Abhiyan and importance of blood donation respectively.

Kohima: As part of the event, silviculture division Kohima organised a “biodiversity conservation walk” on November 17 at the State Botanical Garden, Kohima.

Students along with the teachers of Government Middle School, Forest Colony took part in the event. Range forest officer, Grace Kikon, and staffs of silviculture division navigated the students for a nature trail exhibiting the botanical domain and highlighted the imperative need and responsibility for conservation of flora and fauna. 

The students were also sensitized about the various indigenous medicinal plants and its uses.

Nsunyu village: Joint Forest Management Committee (JFMC), Nagaland Forest Management Project (NFMP), self-help groups and Forest Development Agency (FDA), under the department of environment, forests and climate change, Nagaland organised “sales day’ on November 16 at Nsunyu Village under Tseminyu Range as part of “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”. 

During a brief interaction with SHGs, field management unit head, Tseminyu Range, Yhuntilo Kent said that sustainable forest management, wildlife protection and biodiversity conservation have become very important in the present context and added that climate change and environmental concern have become a serious issue. 

He said that SHGs play a vital role in forestry conservation and emphasised that their active participation will lead to better conservation of the forest areas and decrease forest dependency. 

Botsa Town: As a part of “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”, sales day was organised on November 18 at Botsa Town by Joint Forest Management Committee (JFMC), Self Help Groups under NFMP & FDA.  

Addressing the village members, field management unit head Chiephobozou Range, V. Mato Koso highlighted on “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” and also urged the SHGs members to organise such programmes in the future and assured all possible help to assist them. 

Addressing the SHGs members, team leader FNGO NEIDA Nagato K. Aye asked the SHGs members to approach the community mobilizers for any assistance. 

CIH: In commemoration of the event, one day training on “prospects of Naga king chilli pickling and mushroom cultivation” was organised by Central Institute of Horticulture (CIH) Nagaland on November 17 at its campus.

A press release by CIH Nagaland informed that the training was organised with an aim to boost the potential of value-added products from Naga king Chilli and promote cultivation of oyster mushroom in the region. 

The training commenced with a brief introduction about the institute and its activities by post-harvest technologist, Vinika K Aomi.

During the training, the trainees were given hands- on practical demonstration on the preparation of Naga King Chilli at the Minimal Processing Unit of the Institute. 

Senior technical assistant, Marina also highlighted on the scope and importance of oyster mushroom cultivation in context with Dimapur district. 

Marketing specialist Prabin Das highlighted on the marketing strategies and linkages for the value-added products.

Anatongre village: ATMA Kiphire block organised a field day and winter vegetables seeds distribution programme on November 20 at Anatongre village. 

The resource person Setsiba BTT convenor spoke about the improved varieties of winter vegetables, field preparation, intercultural operations, scientific method of cultivation and pest management for better production.

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