The farmers union of Peren District is increasingly worried about the late arrival of monsoon, due to which ploughing and nursery sowing have been hampered as the ground remains hard as stone. Seasonal cultivation was yet to begin the date in one of Nagaland’s most fertile areas.
A press note issued by Benjamin P. Newmei, Secretary, and D. Zekui Zeliang, President Farmers Union NPF, Peren Division stated that in 2008, cultivated fields in the hill section were totally destroyed by rodents, resulting in the people of the district and subsistence farmers in particular facing acute shortage of food. Though there was no proper and sufficient assistance from any agency, it was overcome with great difficulty by the people of the area.
This year, many of the most productive and commonly cultivated varieties of paddy cannot be cultivated due to the drought like situation. The only ray of hope now, lies in the few varieties of commonly called ‘special’ which can be cultivated as late as August end.
The note further stated that if no remedial measures were taken in time, it would impossible to keep the soil fertile and appealed to the concerned Agri. & Allied Departments and the Govt. of Nagaland to take notice of the prevailing drought like situation and requested them to initiate necessary steps and action at the earliest.