Progressive farmers in the state have been producing organic products, which are now more than demand outside the state, but sadly the location and remoteness of the village from the markets have created problems for the farmers in selling the surplus products.
At the farmers interaction with resource persons from horticulture department and Central Institute of Horticulture (CIH) Medziphema on Thursday it was found that marketing, lack of processing unit and bottleneck in transportation led to problems in disposing the surplus production.
Most of the pineapple growers who produce more that 200 truck load of pineapple were not even able to find proper market due to remoteness of the state from the market. This urgent need for setting up food processing unit and finding Naga organic plants a place in the global market was stressed by resource persons from union ministry of agriculture, additional secretary, C.V Ananda Bose, joint secretary and mission director, National Horticulture Mission (NHM) and Dr. S.K Pattanayak.
The Central Institute of Horticulture (CIH) Medziphema, in commemoration of its third foundation day, launched its website and inaugurated farmers’ training on “organic farming and certification.”
Over 200 farmers and growers of pineapple, turmeric, Naga chilli and ginger from Bade, Molvom, Radziphema, Tsiphema, Gaili, Ngwalwa, Mhainamtsi, New Jalukie and Nakwareu villages under Dimapur and Peren district gathered at CIH campus to be trained on organic farming and packaging.
Addressing the farmers as chief guest, C.V Ananda Bose, who also unveiled the CIH poly houses, said Nagaland had great potential for development in horticulture particularly organic farming and for which focus should be given on mobilizing Self Help Groups. “We will address the issue to government of India and provide aid to set up processing unit in Nagaland,” Bose said.
Also realizing the potentiality of horticulture in the state, Dr. S.K Pattanayak who was all praise for ‘Naga chilli’ said ‘Naga chilli is the uniqueness of Nagaland.’ When asked about market prospects for farmers, Dr. Pattanayak said central department was trying to bring people from outside to boost farming and to bring up Naga chilli.
He also said central government would look into credit requirement, special loans and whether funds could be utilised by SHG. “We also noticed that bamboo was flourishing in state and we will do our best to support and implement different programmes for bamboo developing agency, there is great scope of bamboo and its full potentiality is to be tapped,” Dr. Pattanayak said.
Earlier at programme CIH director, Dr. Akali Sema delivered welcome address. Others who spoke at the programme include additional chief secretary, Alemtemshi Jamir; Dr. M.K Mohan, former Chief Scientist (HRS) AAU, Rohit from International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture; commissioner, state horticulture department, Sentiyanger Imchen and former chief scientist (HRS) AAU Dr. M.K Mohan.
Officers from directorate of agriculture, horticulture and ICAR, Jharnapani also attended the programme.