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Replacing Jhum cultivation with scientific approach

NU-SASRD freshers along with the chief guest Ralanthung Yanthan Deputy Speaker NLA (4th from right) at SASRD campus Medziphema, Wednesday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, Oct 20 (NPN):
Published on 21 Oct. 2010 12:10 AM IST
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Deputy Speaker NLA, Ralanthung Yanthan on Wednesday termed the traditional method of Jhum cultivation as “evil practice”. He said “Evil or ill practice of Jhum cultivation has to be eradicated” and replaced with a new scientific approach.
Yanthan pointed out that practice of Jhum cultivation not only led to degradation of soil and plants, but labour force engaged in this system of cultivation yield negative results.
He was speaking as chief guest at the 32nd foundation and 16th fresher meet at SASRD campus Medziphema on Wednesday.
Stating that eradication of traditional system of cultivation was a big challenge, deputy speaker encouraged the students from SASRD to take it as a challenge and execute their innovation and scientific method to change the existing system of agriculture.
Further stating that Jhum cultivation bear little fruit comparing to efforts put in by farmers, the deputy speaker called upon the Naga farmers to do away with practices of Jhum cultivation which destroys not only the eco system but the entire area where Jhum cultivation takes place.
While stressing that land resources is static and limited compared with the ever increasing population, he urged the progressive farmers to make a paradigm shift from Jhum to other cash crops cultivation, to yield tangible results in terms of productivity as well in preserving the nature which is the need of the hour.
Calling upon the people to make Nagaland a horticulture state like Maharastra and Himachal Pradesh, Ralanthung who is also from horticulture and agriculture background, advocated putting in efforts by making use of three climatic difference such as humid sub-tropical in plains and foothills, mild-tropical in mid altitude and alpine or sub tropical in higher altitude.
The function also saw a presentation on transformation of agriculture sector in India -an overview from Dr. B.P Bhatt, joint director, ICAR Jharnapani on the occasion of the 32nd foundation day of the SASRD Medziphema campus.
In his welcome address, Prof R. C Nayak, Dean NU-SASRD recalled how SASRD campus started with a small college as a constituent of erstwhile North Eastern Hill University, and now established itself as an important organ of Nagaland University in the field of agricultural and allied sciences. He said that NU-SASRD has altogether produced 1517 graduates, 235 post graduates and 32 Ph. D scholars so far.
According to him, National Agricultural Research System (NARS) the apex body of government of India has identified SASRD as a potential research institute and brought in into its fold and has been supporting fund in education and research activities through ICAR.
Meanwhile, alumni award carrying a cash prize of `10,000 and a citation was presented to Meba-i-Shisha Pani from Meghalaya.
The programme also witnessed introduction of freshers from Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and special numbers by SASRD choir and from Jessica Sten and friends.

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