State chief minister Neiphiu Rio Wednesday said though 80% of Naga people in rural areas practiced primary agriculture yet Nagaland lacked in food sufficiency.
He therefore urged the department namely Agri and allied sectors to work out modalities in a grand manner to bring improvement and achieve self-sufficiency.
Reiterating the slogan of Wokha district – the land of plenty; Rio lauded the people for having the highest per-capita income in the state besides doing well in other developmental spheres.
Addressing the Wokha district special DPDB meeting Rio stressed on the importance of setting a road map and target for Agri and Horti products expansion adding that district had a huge potential for various commercial crops such as tea, rubber, cattle rearing etc.
Seeing the importance of protecting nature he asked every village to have a community forest in order to preserve the flora and fauna as well as wild life.
He also encouraged local entrepreneurs to take advantage and avail the benefits offered by the government. Rio further stated that now was the right time to extend support to peace process initiated for permanent settlement of Naga Political problem.
“If permanent peace were brought about than in 2-3 decades time we would be progressive people excelling in various fields and competing with the rest of the world”, he said.
Giving a serious thought on the census, to be undertaken shortly, Rio said ‘you cannot draw a prospective plan unless you give a correct census figure’
Later in response to some agenda, which were discussed earlier the chief Minister called on the tribal hohos to work hand in hand with the public and government agencies so that development will not be hindered by local issues such as land disputes, ownership and other technical aspects.
Other agenda which were discussed and taken note included construction of helipad at Wokha, construction of gallery at local ground playground Wokha and land settlement/compensation, opening of IRB headquarter at Wokha district and cash crops cultivation at lower Lotha region.
Short speeches also delivered Home Minister Imkong L. Imchen, Minister for Agriculture Dr. Chumben Murrry, Parliamentary Secretary Y. Patton, Deputy Speaker NLA Ralanthung Yanthan, Chairman Kyong Hoho Yansathung Jami and Chairperson Kyong Eloe Hoho.
Other highlights of the programme included power point presentation by Agri and Allied Sector for food sufficiency by 2020 and Industry and Allied Sector for ‘year of entrepreneurship’.