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Salaried eco a bane: Rio, asks farmers to implement modern farming methods

Chief minister, Neiphiu Rio (first tractor) and planning minister, T. R. Zeliang (second tractor) try their hands on the tractors before distributing them to progressive farmers at DDSC Stadium, Tuesday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUN 8 (NPN):
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Published on 9 Jun. 2010 12:45 AM IST
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State chief minister Neiphiu Rio, on Tuesday, again spoke on the excess number of government employees while pointing out that a majority were not diligent in their work. Speaking at the function here at the DDSC stadium during distribution of tractors and power tillers under CM’s Corpus fund, Rio pointed that the attitude of this majority has destroyed the work culture in the state.
He called upon the government employees to renew their efforts in the uplift of society while emphasizing work culture. Underscoring the importance of work culture, Rio averred that due to the ‘salaried economy’, the vision for achieving food security and self sufficiency would not be achieved. He said that out of the total food requirement, only 28 percent was produced in the state and advocated for implementing modern farming methods and equipments for increasing production. “Work force imported from outside should also be replaced by the machines” he affirmed.
Rio also emphasized on the need fo zone cropping, better marketing facilities, quality seeds, right information, credit and training. He said all these were the right components for ensuring food security and sufficiency in the state. “We need to change from a consumer society to a producing one” he said. Rio also informed that the Agri-Expo 2010 would be held during the last week of November this year which will become an annual event to show case the activities of progressive farmers.
The chief minister also called honest exercise while carrying out ongoing census operations in the state so that a perspective planning of the state was not affected by the faulty figures. A total of 51 tractors and 36 power tillers were distributed among the progressive farmers.
Agriculture Minister Dr Chumben Murry who also spoke during the programme claimed there was no food security in the state due to traditional system of farming and less mechanization. He however expressed the hope that with the distribution of tractors and power tillers, the vision 2020 of food for all would be achievable, if they were properly utilized. On the other hand the Agriculture Minister cautioned that selling off the subsidized farming machineries would negate the objective of increasing the food production.
Minister for planning & coordination, veterinary & animal husbandry, evaluation and parliamentary affairs, T R Zeliang, who chaired the programme, asserted that agriculture was the key focus area for DAN government and recalled that 2006-07 was declared as the ‘Year of the Farmers’ so as to empower them.
Zeliang said many new concepts, funds and schemes have been introduced to boost the agriculture production and urged farmers to utilize them . “It is the moral obligation of the beneficiaries to properly utilize the machines” he said. Zeliang also quoted relevant figures on how many tractors and power tillers have been distributed during the last four years. In conclusion, Zeliang said the very concept of boosting the agriculture production will be defeated if the tractors were sold off. It may be mentioned that the government has distributed a total of 137 tractors and 198 power tillers till date on 75 percent subsidy to several beneficiaries.
The other dignitaries who were present during the function included Lok Sabha Member C M Chang, parliamentary secretaries Y E Patton and C. Chotisuh Sazo, Advisor Art & Culture Deo Nukhu, Advisor Sericulture & Cooperation Azetho, ACS Alemtemshi IAS and Principal Secretary & APC H K Khulu.

 
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