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Refrigerator trucks introduced
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, Jul 15 (NPN):
Published on 16 Jul. 2010 12:15 AM IST
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In what can be termed as a major relief to farmers, the state Horticulture department, on Thursday, inducted two refrigerator mini trucks for transportation of vegetables and flowers from far flung areas. The trucks worth Rs 25 lakhs each procured under the Horticulture Technology Mission (HTM) was displayed at the state level refresher course-cum-workshop for horticulture departmental staff. It may be mentioned that some years back, tomatoes farmers from Longkhum area had faced immense loss due to non-availability of market and rotting of the tomatoes due to the weather and transportation problems. Along with the trucks, parliamentary secretary for Horticulture R Khing also distributed 11 motor cycles to all the districts DHOs.
Addressing the officers and staffs of the department at Green Park, chief guest parliamentary secretary Horticulture R Khing maintained that the topography and climate of the state was very viable for growing of horticulture crops and if utilized properly would go a long way in lifting up the economy of the people. However he also pointed out that inadequate planting material, technology, extension services and investments from financial institutions have not it possible to fully realize the horticulture potential of the state. Expressing his views on the issue of organic produce, the chief guest called for practicing organic farming only in selective areas where the scope of exporting outside the state was available.
The parliamentary secretary also called upon the officers and staff of the department to sensitize production patterns to changing conditions of demands. He stressed that to achieve the desired market level, economic operations should be given priority. “Every effort should be made to immediately intensify the cultivation of identified fruits, off season fruits and vegetables and other cash crops.” he averred.
Emphasizing on the need for refresher courses, the chief guest called for making it a regular feature to enhance both theoretical and field experiences for production of horticulture crops. He also advocated for building up a strong extension education network and mass media involvement in order to transfer the advance technologies to the grass root level.
Mission Director (TM-NE) Dr N Benjong Aier in his welcome address also stressed upon the departmental officers to keep in touch with the scientific advancement. “We need to keep in touch with the modern scientific world and at the same time keep the factors in mind while disseminating information to the farmers” he averred. He also further called upon the farmers and departmental officers to see beyond and plan out things by bringing in innovations and more training.
Interacting with this reporter, Commissioner & Secretary Horticulture Sentiyanger Imchen IAS disclosed that the department has already proposed some amount for setting up market information centers in all the districts in order to coordinate the markets for supplying horticulture crops. While at the same time, he also added that the mini refrigerated trucks were on pilot basis and if successful, another few more could be inducted.

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