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Maharashtra Agri minister visits state
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAR 1 (NPN):
Published on 2 Mar. 2010 12:24 AM IST
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A team led by Maharashtra minister for agriculture, water conservation, NREGA & education Balasaheb Thorat, on a two-day visit to Nagaland, arrived in Dimapur Monday and visited Nagaland Bamboo Resource Centre (NBRC). Interacting with media persons at Nagaland Bamboo Resource Centre, the minister remarked that works carried out by Nagaland Bamboo Development Agency (NBDA) was best in the country. Pointing out that their visit to bamboo center was a learning experience, the minister said it would certainly help towards implementing some of the ideas in Maharashtra. Thorat stated that Maharashtra was ready to help out to increase the horti production in Nagaland along with food processing. Maharashtra social forestry director and bamboo mission director P J Thosre asserted that with only two species of bamboo available in their state, value added products of bamboo was not in available in a large scale as Nagaland, which has nearly 60 species of bamboo. Bamboo mission director also informed that Maharashtra government was the first in the country to increase the money allocation for bamboo plantation through the NREGA to Rs 27,000 per hectare from Rs 8000 per hectare under National Bamboo Mission. Asked on future trading relations on bamboo value products, Thosre said that the state was already doing so in the form of using the incense sticks for agarbatti. The team later left for plantation site in Homeland along with state bamboo mission officials. Other team members accompanying the minister included Maharashtra social forestry director and state bamboo mission director P J Thosre, joint director social forestry circle (Pune) Meyipokyim Aier, OSD Subash Katkar and executive vice president, My Home India (NGO) Sunil Deodhar.

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