To commemorate ‘Year of Horticulture 2012-13’, department of horticulture along with North East Network (NEN), Chizami and Oasis Resource Centre (ORC), Sekruzu organised a seminar on ‘Sustainable livelihood through Horticulture’, on, November 23 at ORC, Sekruzu town in Phek district.
Dr. Moa Walling, DHO Phek and Chozule Khikhi, deputy director of horticulture were the resource persons.
Dr. Walling, in his keynote address articulated that to ensure sustainable livelihoods through horticulture, one should select crops that are relevant to the agro-climatic condition and soil type, and have knowledge on consumers’ demand.
Besides, he highlighted the role and programmes of the horticulture department, while challenging the participants not to solely depend on government’s support, but work with commitment, strong determination and have a vision to take one’s produce from the fields to the market.
Khikhi facilitated session on topics ‘Strengthening collectives (SHGs) towards food security’ and ‘Enhancing rural livelihoods through value addition of agri-allied products’.
She shared on the concept and history of SHGs (Self Help Groups), illustrating the case study of renowned Prof. Yunus Mohammad of Gramin Bank, Bangladesh.
Khikhi pointed out that formation of SHGs should be well thought of, well planned and well executed, keeping in mind the key principles of homogeneity in like-mindedness and economic status.
She said, “Achieving food security and improving quality of life is the goal of SHGs”, while sharing the success stories of women SHGs in Nagaland.
During the session on ‘Horticulture farming and economic prospects’, 2 films on ‘cultivation of off-season vegetables in the Hills’ and ‘Green-house production of capsicum’ were screened.
Taking the example of Zhavame village in Phek district which has established a vegetable industry, Dr. Walling highlighted the vast employment opportunities for a large population, employing various people in harvesting, in transporting, in marketing, etc.
Besides, he also answered the participants’ queries on subjects of fruit tree planting techniques, pest and disease management, and process of application for projects under horticulture department.
Different vegetable seeds and technical folders were distributed to the participants by horticulture department.
The seminar was attended by over 40 farmers and members of SHGs from 9 villages under Sekruzu block.