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Distribution of seeds marks world Food day

minister for agriculture Dr. Chumben Murry addressing the agri department officials during the programme on World Food Day, at kohima Thursday.
Published on 17 Oct. 2008 1:41 AM IST
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KOHIMA: World Food Day was observed by department of agriculture in the conference hall, directorate of agriculture, Kohima on October 16. The function was graced by, minister of agriculture Dr. Chumben Murry as chief guest. Key note address was delivered by N.N Zhasa, IFS, commissioner and secretary Agriculture with impressive power point presentation, emphasizing on ecology and environment which had direct impact on agricultural production system. Short speeches were delivered by Z. Kikon joint director and T.V Holo joint director on various aspects of approaches and prospective for improvement. The Chief Guest in his speech emphasized on the policies of the Indian 2nd Green Revolution where the focus was given to the small and marginal farmers constituting more than 70% of the population. He also stressed on water and soil conservation and its importance, crop production to enhancement up to 30% level, more focus to be given for hill agriculture particularly improvement of Jhum system, promotion and use bio-energy in a form of bio-fuel derived from biomasses and to provide wholesome food on health and nutritional aspect. Meanwhile at DAO's office Kohima the day was also observed, where G. Ikuto Zhimomi district agriculture officer highlighted on the world food day. he also gave Global Hunger Facts stating that 25000 people both adults & children are dying everyday from hunger related causes in the world and 923 million people of the world are not getting enough to eat. He stated that as per FAO statement the number of hunger people has increased by another 75 million people at the end of 2007 was due to decreasing investments in agriculture in the poorer countries resulting uphill soaring food and energy prices. The tips on off-season cucumber and vegetable production programme initiated by ATMA Kohima with selected farmers and given exposure during the year were taken by Khriesezolie, A.O. The programme concluded with free distribution of winter seeds. DIMAPUR: Department of agriculture, Dimapur district observed World Food Day on October 16 at the office of DAO, Dimapur. Theme of the day 'world food security and the challenges of climate changes and bio- energy' was dwelled upon by district agricultural officer, Dimapur N. Wetsah who also encouraged the participants to take up Jatropha bio- diesel plant for bio- fuel production. Rabi seeds were distributed to all participants. WOKHA: World Food Day was also observed at Wokha on the theme 'world food security'. APPO Peter spoke on the theme of the day. Altogether 60 farmers and SHG attended the programme. Winter vegetable seed and maize sheller were distributed to the farmers and Self Help Group. MOKOKCHUNG: World Food Day programme at Mokokchung was organised by ATMA Mokokchung at DAO's Conference Hall, Mokokchung. Nungsangmenla Imchen SDO (Civil) delivered speech on the theme of World Food Day. She said climatic change and its adverse effect coupled with the increase in price of food, the rising demand for biofuels produced from food crops has affected everyone but the most vulnerable were the poor farmers. She said the World Food Day provides an occasion to highlight on the condition of the millions of undernourished people in the world and urged the officers and staff of the agri and allied departments to formulate adaptive strategies, land use plans and policies to mitigate the problems due to climate change. She also informed that action plans were formulated at National Level for protecting ecosystem. She urged all specialists under ATMA, SARS, KVK and allied departments to put their effort tirelessly towards food production and ensure food security for all. As part of the programme, all participants solemnly pledged to re-dedicate their services for the cause of 'World Food Security' and to work for millions of poverty stricken and undernourished people throughout the world. The participants also contributed the cost of one meal for poor and under privileged people to the FAO through the Director of Agriculture Nagaland, Kohima. The programme was attended by members of ATMA management committee from agri and allied departments, officers and staff of district agriculture office, SARS and KVK.

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