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Phek farmers opt for alternative cropping
Published on 29 Jul. 2009 12:40 AM IST
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Phek: Following complaints received from all corners of Phek district of scanty monsoon, an emergency meeting of Phek District Farmers Union (PDFU) executives including all Area Project Organizers (APOs) was held at PWD Guest House, Pfutsero on Monday. The meeting dwelt on improvement of terrace paddy and horticultural crops and adopting of immediate alternative cropping for the farming community. According to President PDFU, Khazhi Leah, as per the report received from 6 APOs, harvesting of only 40% was expected for the whole district. Leah further went to say that out of 60% cultivated paddy, 20% had shriveled up. The people of Nagaland who are popularly termed as indigenous agriculturalists in the global context, have been surviving mainly by agriculture products since time immemorial, said Leah while addressing the gathering during the meeting, adding that people living in the rural areas were faced with threats that may lead to a famine like situation. Thuputhiyi S.Venuh, APO, Phek while expressing concern over the unexpected situation, urged the farming community to keep themselves aware of other options to survive in one way or the other. Venuh urged them to minimize consumption so as to save their granary for a longer period and appealed to all agriculture and allied department personnel to be available in their respective stations and assist the faming community. Venuh stated that the PDFU in its meeting unanimously adopted a resolution to implement alternative cropping with wheat, maize, potato, pea, tomato, cabbage, soya beans, garlic etc. to save the situation and asked the concerned departments to arrange for their seeds at the earliest and chalked out a strategy with the PDFU to create awareness for the farmers. Expressing shock while observing the pathetic condition of the farming community, Venuh disclosed that in a big portion of the cultivated paddy, rice seedlings had started decaying as there was no water supply and even canals were drying up. People further expressed fear of enormous landslides and mudslides that may devastate their paddy fields once heavy monsoon sets in. He asked all NGOs to lend a helping hand and also extended a welcome to the 3 newly posted officers of the district; Deputy Commissioner (DC) Mikha Kenye, Superintendent of Police (SP) W.C. Krome and Commandant 5th NAP, Vecipa Vese.

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