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Dr. Chumben graces 15th ASAN conference

Chief guest Dr Chumben Murry and guest of honour Chotizuh Sazo along with senior officials of agri and allied departments, lecturers and ASAN office bearers. (NP)
Staff Reporter Medziphema, Aug 28 (NPN):
Published on 29 Aug. 2009 1:07 AM IST
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The 15th Agricultural Students’ Association of Nagaland (ASAN) general conference under the theme: “Role of agricultural students in socio-economic development” got underway here at SASRD campus on Friday with Minister for Agriculture, Dr Chumben Murry as the chief guest and parliamentary secretary for social welfare, child & women development, Chotisuh Sazo as the guest of honour. In his speech, Dr Chumben expressed the view that there would not be any substantial industrial development in Nagaland in the next ten to fifteen years but that agriculture could be developed to the status of an industry if it could be so accepted. He also pointed out that agriculture was still the mainstay of many people in the state and urged the students to analyze agriculture and its prospect in terms of SWOT (Strength Weakness Opportunities Threats) principle. Based on statistical information, the chief guest said the demographic population of the state along with the number of people engaged in agriculture should be taken into account before making any changes in policy matters. Commenting on fears of food shortages in the state despite tremendous growth and productivity as compared to the 1960s, the agriculture minister blamed it on sustenance form of agriculture coupled with traditional farming methods and the ever growing population of the state. Comparing the market conditions of the state with others, the chief guest pointed out that in other states, the market was well regulated while it was not so in the state. He also blamed the pre-conceived notion of the political condition of the state which has discouraged outside investors from starting business in the state. Dr Chumben shared inputs on self development with students by telling them that everything in life was divided into three stages: starting with pre-arrangement, actual work done and ending with retrospection or introspection. In the concluding part of his speech, Dr Chumben called upon the agricultural students to give a thought on the kind of environment by 2109 AD if the current trend of 70 percent of jhum cultivation in the state reduces by one percent per annum. Also speaking as guest of honour, parliamentary secretary Social, Child and Women Development Chotisuh Sazo challenged the agricultural students to bring improvised technology in farming in place of traditional methods that should be applicable and adaptable in the state. “Don’t tell that you are unemployed if you are an agricultural graduate student” Sazo said while criticizing the clamour for white colour jobs. Lamenting that despite the state holding the top eighth position among the 25 bio-diversity hotspots in the world, Sazo admitted that Nagaland was still unable to tap its natural resources. He also requested the students to expand their vision and dreams and turn it into reality. It may be noted that the parliamentary secretary is also an alumni of SASRD and was also the ASAN president from 1984-85. A total of nearly 280 agricultural students, including Ph D scholars, studying all over the country are attending the two day conference being held at SASRD, Medziphema. It may be noted that ASAN is in its 35 years of establishment.

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