Considering the plight of farmers in Mokokchung district, minister for agriculture, Dr. Chumben Murry visited Mokokchung on September 20 where a meeting was held with officials of state agriculture research station (SARS), agriculture department and Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) on rodent menace.
The minister had a meeting with departmental officials at district agriculture office and discussed the ongoing mass campaign against rodent menace in different parts of the district.
At the meeting joint director, state agriculture research station, Yisemyong, Tekatushi briefed the minister on explosion of rat population following bamboo flowering thereby causing massive destruction on agriculture crops particularly on paddy in jhum fields.
Programme co-ordinator, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Mokokchung, Sosang made a slide presentation on destruction of crops by rodent particularly in Tzurangkong Range on the border with Assam. He insisted that greater efforts were needed to protect farmers from rodent attack in their fields.
Expressing his satisfaction with the activities undertaken by the department, Chumben assured to take up the matter with the government at the highest level and hoped the government would take the department into confidence in its fight against rat infestation in two districts of Mokokchung and Wokha.
After the meeting, the minister accompanied by departmental officials visited the worst affected paddy fields of Satsukba village in Tzurangkong Range, about 70 km away from Mokokchung.
He also discussed with officials on use of chemicals against rat as it had adverse affects on environment and human life. The minister was accompanied by joint director agriculture, Renbethung and deputy director, agriculture, Rongseninla.