Members of Kohima District Co-operative Milk Producers Union (KDCMPU) Ltd stated that diary farm cooperative society at Besoza was yet to function due to want of “certain accessories” and electric connectivity.
A press statement jointly issued by Chairman of Besoza Cooperative Society (BCU) and ex-minister N. Theyo and farmers of Thenyizumi and Thenuzumi village reiterated that on June 10, 2004, officers representing agriculture department and Project Director, NSDC Ltd. Dr. A Yokha along with his team visited diary farm at Besoza and found potential area of land and perennial water source with good road communication and on KDCMPU’s request the authority sanctioned Rs. 5 lakhs to set up BCU.
The signatories also said land and water was donated by land owners and subsequently, puccca building was constructed for the purpose while RCC tank was constructed for storage of water to generate electricity and hydrozer machine was also installed.
The signatories added that if the project was made functional, sustainable supply of milk would be available to feed the Mini Diary Plant at Lerie having capacity of 2000ltrs per day.
It also said that electricity connection was possible since 66 KV transmission line was passing through the area from Kohima to Chakhabama and from Chakhabama to Chitheba and Chazuba, adding the electricity connection would not only benefit the project but also cover an area of about 44 households.
KDCMPU said at present the farmers use 5 HP to irrigate their land which was expensive and that mechanics had to be called from Kohima for repair/replacement whenever it was out of order, the same problem was faced by Kezoma, Dihoma and Sakhaba village in the Sidzu valley.
The signatories further added that Thenucho, during his tenure as home minister, in his personal efforts, provided electricity connection in Sakhabama – Pfutsoro wayside hotel road and in paddy fields with the “intention to develop in future”.
Highlighting the need for on transformer KDCMPU has requested parliamentary secretary for social security & welfare, women & child development Chotisu Sazo who is the elected representative from Chazuba constituency to take up the issue with district planning board, Phek and other authority for electricity connection.