Confederation of Naga farmers’ Union, Phek and NPF’s farmers’ Wing, Phek jointly organised a workshop on commercial farming at Phek on March 9 which was attended by more than 150 participants representing all villages under Phek district.
Secretary of Confederation of Naga Farmers’ Union Rokobikho Savino, Thepuphi, CEC Member, NPF, DAO and DHO of the district were the resource persons.
The secretary congratulated NPF Farmers’ Wing and the Phek Unit of CONFU for organizing the Workshop and said that it was first of its kind not only in Phek but in the entire state.
Stressing on the importance of commercial agriculture CONFU Secretary remarked that economy must grow from the ground and unless there was surplus production, there was no point talking about marketing or exporting.
Speaking on the concept of CONFU about rural based agriculture economy, CONFU secretary highlighted serious issues affecting economy like, climate change (drought), low productivity, infrastructural difficulties and downhill trend of farmers’ annual income.
The concept also covered subjects such as organic agriculture and consumption habit of Nagas. He said CONFU has identified four main crops viz. Soy bean, Arhar dal and maize. In a nutshell explanation of the concept of CONFU, the secretary said CONFU was targeting to make state self sufficient on meat production. DHO and DAO spoke on technical know-how of soybean, garlic and other crops which may be taken up on commercial scale and assured farmers of extending all supports from the government.
At the workshop, Phek Unit of CONFU also adopted resolutions to streamline farmers for commercial production of the identified crops, to adopt package of practice by CONFU and go for animal feed manufacturing unit and take up cultivation of garlic on commercial scale.