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MoU signed to promote organic agriculture
Published on 19 Aug. 2009 12:40 AM IST
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As part of the second year of capacity building being observed by the government of Nagaland, the state department of agriculture has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture (ICCOA) Bangalore with the objective of benefiting the farming community which in turn would contribute to making Nagaland a hub for organic agribusiness. Also a part of the “Organic Cluster Project,” the MoU was signed on August 12 for joint implementation by both the parties with immediate effect for 250 hectares of land on various crops for a period of three years from 2009-10 to 2011-12. A press statement issued by the directorate of agriculture Kohima said that the program was a promotional work on location specific and identified crops as per crop zoning of the state for commercial production. The selected crops included potato, maize, large cardamom, ginger and tea. In this connection, a team of officers from both the parties led by joint director of agriculture government of Nagaland, E.H. Lotha along with ICCOA representatives Shrivashree Jadip Roy manager (projects) and Manoj Kumar (project associate) has already completed the preliminary survey during August 7 – 11. During the three years period, the ICCOA would focus on the following prioritized activities such as: Training of farmers on package of practices; training on plant protection measures; organic certification of crops and market linkages. The main objectives of both the department of agriculture and the ICCOA included activities like promoting organic agriculture and its trade, helping farmers get market for their organic products, organic food processing and value addition, arranging buyer-seller meetings working together for developing organic policy and program. Under the joint venture program, there are practical plans to tap the potentials of the state in organic agriculture, with a target to convert into real business opportunities that could generate avenues for Nagaland and to large number of farmers in particular.

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