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Enhancing cashew cultivation in the state
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, SEP 27 (NPN):
Published on 27 Sep. 2010 10:59 PM IST
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Describing horticulture as the perfect start for small-scale industries, deputy director of horticulture, in charge of cashew development, Ravi Bawan Monday said horticulture has created new self-employment opportunities in the state and that the department was paving way for aspiring entrepreneurs.
He said even in terms of eco-system, horticulture was safe and contributed to expanding greener areas.
Bawan was speaking at a training programme on cashew processing and distribution of cashew-nut processing machineries held at state horticulture nursery, 4th mile Dimapur on Monday, which was co-sponsored the national horticulture board, government of India.
Bawan pointed out that the department of horticulture intended cashew plantation since 1999 and ever since then, the project has been successfully introduced during 2001 in six districts namely, Mon, Peren, Wokha, Mokokchung, Dimapur and Longleng.
Subsequently, cashew production is processed according to climatic conditions, he added.
Bawan asserted that the prospects of cashew plantation were bright and that it could contribute to the rural economy.
Stating that cashew plantation project was being implemented for the first time in the state, Bawan said, 2010 being ‘Year of the Entrepreneur’, the department of horticulture was conveying opportunities not only for the unemployed youth, but farmers as well.
He informed that the eight unit machineries would be distributed to four districts - three unit machineries to Dimapur district, two for Mokokchung district, two for Peren district and one for Wokha district.
The machineries included boiler, de-shelling machine, cutter, dryer (15 capacities) grating table, electrical weighing balance machine, shelling machine and plaster grade.
Ravi Koyande, manager, accurate engineering industries, Kudal, Maharastra delivered a short briefing on the machineries.

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