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Indigenous fruit products selling like hotcakes
Published on 13 Feb. 2009 12:57 AM IST
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State horticulture department has been receiving accolades at the ongoing National Horti-Expo 2009 in Guwahati for varieties of horticulture products displayed . A team of 12 farmers led by team leader Dr. Moa Walling, DHO Tuensang and three other officials are presently participating in seminars, showcasing various products and are also competing with other states in the exhibition and competition for floral arrangements, fruits, flower, condiments and spices and product preparation. In cut flower competition state horticulture department was adjudged second for Lilium flower, second position in dry flower arrangement, and states’ ginger was adjudged third position in spices and condiments competition. According to team leaders, more than thousand people visited the exhibition stall where horticulture products ranging from spices, flowers- fresh and dry, fruits and vegetables are on display. Progressive farmers have also been interacting with visitors’ and stake holders who have shown interests especially in the products like pineapple, ginger, turmeric and flowers with positive response. Dr. Moa also said besides other fruits and vegetables, indigenous fruit products like dried wild apple, dried gooseberry and Naga king chilly products are also being sold like hot cakes. Besides progressive farmers the Naga Spices and Herbal Product, Kohima; Spices and Food processing Unit Pfutsero and APMC, Tuensang have also tied up with private entrepreneurs for marketing prospects. The National Horti-Expo 2009 at Guwahati was inaugurated on February 10 by Assam Governor Shiv Charan Mathur. The expo would continue till February 14. The objective of participating in the expo is to promote state’s produce and to facilitate farmers in harnessing the business and investment opportunities in Horti-Agri sector. As of now, the team is gearing up to sell roses for Valentines Day.

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