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‘World Food Day’ observed in Kohima

‘World Food Day’ observed in Kohima
Agriculture department staff with children at the Orphanage Home Kohima on October 16. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, OCT 16 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/16/2019 11:09:18 AM IST

Additional director-1 department of Agriculture C. Peter Yanthan encouraged the farmers in the state to go for organic farming to boost its economy stating that the state has 13,000 hectares in 241 villages consisting of 13,500 farmers covered under organic farming. 

He disclosed that out of 13,000 hectares, 6,000 hectares has already certified as organic by the Asian International Pvt. Ltd and in which Food Process Order (FPO) and entrepreneurs have started selling their products.               

Yanthan said this while addressing the gathering during celebration of World Food Day with the rest of the country under the theme “Our action are our future: health diets for a zero hunger world” organised by the department of Agriculture Nagaland at its directorate conference hall on Wednesday.   

Yanthan said that the World Food Day is celebrated in honour of the foundation date of Food and Agriculture Organisation that was launched by the United Nations in the year 1945. He added that the principal reason behind launching and celebrating World Food Day is to secure food security across the world, particularly in times of crisis. 

Emphasising on the department of Agriculture in the state, he stated that it needed to streamline some of the action-plan to improve economy in the present scenario, with the changing of traditional skills to modern technology. Encouraging farmers with modern technology, he said the technology has changed and become the major driving force for increasing the agricultural production and productivity. He said there is a “paradigm shift from traditional sustenance farming” to integrated farming including food safety and quality including climate change and this shift leads to sustainable farming.

He encouraged farmers to adopt high yielding varieties and new technologies such as system of rice intensification (SR) and line transplanting mostly on paddy through CSS flagship intervention.  He also suggested establishing agri-clinics and agri business centres in all districts and sub-divisions as agriculture input dealers to make available agriculture inputs in farmer’s doorstep. It would also introduce low cost innovative water harvesting structures in rainfall areas by tapping excess surface run-off water during monsoon to be utilized during lean period, he stated. 

Yanthan also encouraged the farmers to adopt integrated farming system for doubling farmer’s income to ensure food security and livelihood and strengthen the existing agricultural marketing sector by introducing the right market reforms (APLM Model Act, 2017)

Earlier, programme was chaired by director of Agriculture M. Ben Yanthan while vote of thanks was proposed by additional director -11 S. Kivikhu Achumi. In commemoration of World Food Day 2019, the department of Agriculture visited Orphanage Centre and donated food items and cash amount.

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