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Chumben urges Northeast farmers to be progressive

Staff Reporter, DIMAPUR, NOV 17 (NPN)
Published on 18 Nov. 2012 12:52 AM IST
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The 3rd north east agri expo concluded Saturday with minister for agriculture Dr. Chumben Murry as the chief guest.
Speaking at the valedictory programme Murry called upon the farmers of the north east region to join hands and work towards progressive agriculture in tune with the theme of three-day NER Agri Expo 2012, ‘Progressive farmer’.

Stating that Northeast region shared similar climate, topography and similar difficulties and prospect, Murry said progress in agriculture should be measurable and challenged the gathering to deliberate on how agriculture needed to be taken in the next 5-20 years.

Murry said there was a need for serious thinking on the topics discussed during the seminars attended by farmers and scientists at the expo and urged agricultural scientists of the region to deliberate on taking up eco-friendly agriculture.

Murry also released a handbook on farming published by Agriculture Technology Management Agency, Mokokchung Nagaland.
Agriculture Production Commissioner, H.K. Khulu IAS presented the chairman’s remark and highlighted on the success of the 3 NER agri expos organised by the state.

Convener, national seminar cum farmers’ scientist interaction A.S. Bhatia presented a report and recommendation of national seminar cum farmer scientist interaction.

The recommendation included: to maintain regular coordination meetings of agri. & allied departments with ICAR, Universities, CIH and other R & D Depts. should be organized at six months interval under the chairmanship of APC of the respective state in order to avoid gaps and duplication in different interventions, identification/development/standardization of suitable technologies/ITKs for changing scenario due to climate change for which all institutions need to pool their resources and work together in synergy.

Emphasis to be given for effective conservation, characterization, utilization and registration of farmers’ varieties/land races, identification of gaps in value chains and produce crops that are market driven.

The recommendation also included issues relating to jhum in context of climate resilient practices to be revisited, conservation of rain water by various water harvesting methods like Jalkund and such other available system to facilitate live saving irrigation during dry period, strengthening of agro-forestry/horticulture based farming system for sustainable farm income through appropriate interventions with modern tested technologies, commercial cultivation of location specific indigenous fruits and vegetables for nutritional and income security of the farmers.

It also included empowerment of local youth through various capacity building programmes for smart marketing of their produce within and outside the region and to study on impact of heat stress and global warming in livestock productivity and the scope of breed improvement through introduction of exotic germplasm to be taken up.

Participating farmers from other states which include Mizoram, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Assam and Meghalaya also attended the programme.

Dr. Nicky says Nagaland has to tackle threats posed by cutting of trees
The concluding programme for national seminar cum farmers-scientists interaction on the theme ‘Progressive agriculture’ was held at Angh House, with advisor music task force, Dr. Nicky Kire as the chief guest.

Dr. Nicky said issues discussed on resilient agriculture in the context of climate change were important factors to consider where Nagaland would also have to tackle the threats posed by cutting of trees, destroying jungles and depleting the forests which will also have negative impact on agriculture products.

A report on coordinators of different sessions was presented by Director CIH Nagaland, Dr. Akali Sema who also delivered the vote of thanks.

Feedback on behalf of participating departments and Nagaland was stressed by Dr. Moa Walling, while farmer participants from (Sikkim) Suraj Rai Ramaram and Nangbiatolo from (Arunachal) delivered feedbacks respectively. Reports on poster session was given by Dr. M. Datta Joint Director ICAR (Tripura).

Buyers and sellers interact at agri expo
Buyers-sellers interactions meet was held at agri expo where whole sellers like NERAMAC, BORAH, P.S and G.P.S from Nagaland and Assam participated in the interaction session. An official bulletin informed that buyers would buy locally available fruit and vegetable produces like tomato, brinjal, green chillies, beans, pineapple, kiwi, orange etc.

The facilitators for the session were DHO, Dr. Moa Walling, Marketing Specialist CIH, Prabin Das and Horticulture Specialist, CIH, Sentiyangla.

Nettle yarn products grabs attention
More than eight registered societies from all parts of Nagaland brought their crafts, handlooms and food products for sale. With its unique and attractive products on display the stall attracted scores of visitors from all walks of life under the banner “strengthening the people for economic self reliance”.

Another unique item displayed at the cooperation department stall was the Naga shawl, bag and jacket made of nettle yarn.
An official bulletin informed that Khiamnuingan Naga tribe was solely depended on nettle plants for getting yarn in order to process and weave it into shawls, blankets, bags etc., before the art of spinning cotton and other material reached the land.

Cooperation department played a significant role in providing market for registered societies, imparting education and training, human resource development and implementation of centrally sponsored schemes and projects. Its strategies are to reduce disparities between down trodden rural people and the rural rich as well as imbalances including rural and urban differences.
(With inputs from DIPR)

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