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Task forces for drought hit areas
Correspondent KOHIMA:
Published on 16 Aug. 2009 1:07 AM IST
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With the declaration of drought-like situation in the state due to delayed and low rainfall, the State Government has set up District and state level tasks forces to make in-depth studies and work out action plans as a first step. The agri and allied sector is faced with grave situation of failed crops and poor yield due to delayed rainfall and drop of 37.1% in the average rainfall, which is the lowest in the past five years. Chief minister, Neiphiu Rio informed that the State Government had taken up with the Government of India for necessary assistance for the affected farmers. The chief minister further stated that following the bamboo flowering and rodent menace, the Department of Agriculture had launched extensive Rodent Control Campaign since 2008 distributing rodenticides, seeds and production of local traps and imparting training and awareness campaigns. He also apprised that the agriculture sector had recorded a substantial increase in crop production by 7.41% during 2008-09 over the production of 2007-08. The department had also adopted hi-tech methods of cultivation to minimize the high cost and labour intensive agriculture practices through the introduction of Farm Mechanization by providing Power Tillers and pump sets to farmers at 50% subsidized rate. Agricultural Technology Management Agency was initiated during 2008-09 to facilitate and integrated broad-based extension system approach covering all districts. Under the Agriculture Produce Marketing Act, there are 18 APMCs, 90 sub yards and 1000 village market committees.

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