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State should shed consumer tag: Rio

Chief minister Neiphiu Rio (right) and parliamentary secretary for Industries & Commerce, Dr. KC Nihoshe. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, OCT 2 (NPN):
Published on 3 Oct. 2008 12:18 AM IST
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Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio on Tuesday said all efforts should be made to turn the State from a net consuming state to a net producing state. Stating that net consumption far exceeded production in the state, Rio called upon the people to exploit raw materials, the manpower and skills locally available to make Nagaland an economically progressive state. Inaugurating the National Handloom Expo and State Industrial Fair 2008 at High School ground Kohima, the chief minister said Nagaland with its abundant resources and strategic location for serving as a linkage between mainland India and the South East Asian Countries has huge economic possibilities. “With new initiatives like the “Look East “ policy, the proposed East West Corridor road and the Asian Highway and rail link to Thailand via Myanmar, the State is expected to become an important national and international business and trade destination,” he said. He said in the context of the emerging trends of globalisation, the implications were indeed tremendous, and that it depended on the people to fully exploit the situation for the good of the present generation, and to lay a firm foundation for the future. Highlighting various market opportunities in the State, Rio said the unique traditional crafts and handloom of Nagaland has widespread appeal and demand. He also said there was enormous scope in floriculture to be taken up as a highly profitable industry in the State. Rio said Nagaland with its treasure trove of medicinal and aromatic herbs, offered an ideal location for initiating agro-based industries. Parliamentary secretary, Industries & Commerce Dr. KC Nihoshe who was the guest of honour, called upon all to cooperate with the government in all development activities inorder to achieve their goals. He said that with improvement in the Industries & Commerce Department, there would be development in the state. Altogether, 128 units are taking part in the joint event, out of which 56 stalls are handloom weavers from Nagaland, 7 stalls from Mizoram, 4 stalls from Manipur and remaining 61 stalls are other enterprises from Nagaland and Manipur.

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