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CIH celebrates 4th foundation day

Director (Admn. Plng) and i/c Advisor (Horticulture), NEC, Santanu Mitra addressing the gathering at the 4th foundation day of CIH, Saturday (NP)
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Published on 28 Mar. 2010 1:11 AM IST
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The fourth foundation day of the Central Institute of Horticulture (CIH) was held at SASRD auditorium, Medziphema with Director (Admn. Plng) and i/c Advisor (Horticulture), NEC, Santanu Mitra as chief guest and Editor, Nagaland Post Geoffrey Yaden delivering the foundation day lecture. The state level interface between growers and entrepreneurs for horticulture crop marketing was also held simultaneously after the inaugural session of the programme.
Delivering the foundation day speech on the topic ‘Understanding global warming from our perspective’, Editor, Nagaland Post Geoffrey Yaden said the unpredictable environment has been a disaster especially for the farming community. “Even with the technological advancement we are still subjected to the law of nature” he said.
Expressing concern over the sudden change in climatic conditions within the state, Yaden maintained that it was noticeable since mid-70s when the weather in Kohima became more humid and warm. He also attributed the gradual warming to wanton destruction of forests.
Illustrating the point, he said Rangapahar forest which had been declared a Sanctuary, had around 21,000 hectares in the sixties and seventies but owing to rampant logging and encroachment, today it has been reduced to just 170 hectares and that too still under threat.
“By carrying out such activities we are also contributing to the global warming” and also lamented that people were still not taking the warnings of global warming seriously. He also said people started planting teak plants as afforestation measures but the species was known to harden soil and make it barren.
He said it was time that people learnt to change old habits such as indiscriminate killing of wild animals and poisoning rivers for fishing. These have driven almost all species to extinction during the past 30 years he said.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest lauded the efforts of the institute for bringing several technological advancements in the field of horticulture for the entire region. Asserting that the North Eastern Council (NEC) has brought about a vision document for the entire region, the chief guest added that the document was aimed at bringing in more development through participatory development strategy.
Deliberating more on the development of horticulture within the region,Mitra informed that more people centric programmes have been proposed and called for translating the plans into field actions. “Only then we will be able to march ahead much faster” he added.
Maintaining that the farmers should get their due share of their crops, the chief guest also called for minimizing the role of middlemen. He also added that North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Cooperation (NERMAC) has been of good help for the farmers.
Earlier the programme was chaired by director,CIH, Akali Sema while the Dean, SASRD, Prof D P Sharma gave a brief remark on the programme. A special number was also presented by Akokla and vote of thanks by marketing specialist, CIH, Prabin Das.

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