A one day workshop on production, post harvest and marketing of ginger organized by the state government in collaboration with CONA (C (k)orea NAga) International was held at Ganeshnagar Industrial Centre, Dimapur on Wednesday. The main aim of the workshop was to establish a ginger factory in Special Economic Zone (SEZ) of Ganeshnagar along with a storage (bunker type) facility and help the farmers to improve method of storing ginger.
Speaking on the occasion, Director, Industries & Commerce, Er G Kippen, highlighted the various advantages in using the Industrial Growth Centre and Export Promotional Industrial Park. He also informed that the Ganeshnagar SEZ was the first in the Northeast and also the first agro-based SEZ in the entire country. It may be mentioned that the EPIP as SEZ was set up with NIDC as the main developer and for which a total sum of Rs 12.5 crores has already been spent out of the estimated amount of Rs 35 crores. The director also further informed that another SEZ for multi-products has already been agreed in principle by the union Ministry of Commerce with Hukato Naga of Naga Constructions as the main promoter.
Later interacting with media persons, director, Agriculture, Dr Supong Keitzar, said that the department was optimistic about the project and along with the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) has learnt a lesson not to repeat the earlier mistake of dumping the surplus produce of ginger. It may be mentioned that the government had to pay more than 40 lakhs as compensation to the affected farmers. He also added the ginger production this year may be above 35, 000 metric tonnes. Explaining about the project, the agri director informed that workshop was being conducted for ginger farmers from all the eleven districts of the state, with Dimapur and Peren districts as the pilot projects. He also added that the farming will be done on contract basis with CONA International while the surplus produce would be even exported to Korea. However, he expressed concern that all things will depend on the market demand. On the organic issue, the director asserted that the entire produce of the state cannot be declared as organic since it was technically not possible and at the same time added that the state was also organic by default. While on the marketing part, he opined that the mindset about the APMC by the farmers should change.