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Success story of Longkhum farmers
Published on 12 Feb. 2010 12:40 AM IST
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Longkhum village was declared as ‘Potato Seed Village’ in the year 2002 and ‘Vegetable Village’ in 2004 by Department of Horticulture, Government of Nagaland. Over the years, with immense assistance, sensitizations, awareness and education from the department, farmers could able to keep pace with various Government’s objectives towards successful vegetable farming. The humble beginning was made in the year 1999 when SI Aren introduced the cultivation of Tomatoes, though yield was very low due to disease infestation. This was followed by cultivation of Potatoes and Cabbage. Later he was joined by four more tomato growers under his supervision and guidance and they were able to produce 9 metric tons (MT) in the year 2004. Thus, began the success story of vegetable growers of Longkhum village. S.I Aren was awarded the ‘Best Vegetable Farmer (Horticulture) Award’ from the Agriculture Technology Management Agency under Mokokchung district. He was also awarded the ‘Best Integrated Farmer Award’ from Department of Horticulture for his outstanding production of different crops during the year 2004. Mayangkokla was awarded ‘Best Farmer for adopting vegetative control for Erosion Control’ by the Department of Soil & Water Conservation, Ladongchungshi was awarded ‘Best Tuber Crop Farmer’ by the Department of Agriculture and SI Aren was ‘Best Vegetable Farmer’ by the Department of Horticulture, Government of Nagaland on the occasion of the State Road Show Mokokchung 2009. Lonkhum students’ union has congratulated the 120 odd vegetable growers of Longkhum village. It was recorded that during this season farmers had produced a total of 230 MT of Tomato, 32 MT of Potato, 33 MT of Chilly and 71 MT of Cabbage. The credit of all this success goes to the Department of Agriculture, Horticulture, Soil & Water Conservation and the various agencies and personals who have tirelessly assisted the vegetable growers of Longkhum village. The Longkhum Students’ Union dream to see this part of the region as a preferred destination for scientific farming backed up by indigenous knowledge for sustainable agriculture and farming. The union in a press release issued by its president Rongchenkaba Imchen and general secretary Wati Imchen called for utmost support and assistance from state government and various agencies.

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