A meeting of the rural development department was held on December at the Agri Expo site office to appraise the progress and final arrangements to be made for farmers coming from within and outside the state in relation to rural bazaar, mobilizing farmers’ participation at interactive seminars and their accommodation.
Dr. Amenla confirmed that Nagaland would have 1250 farmers participating from 11 districts, 170 farmers from Arunachal Pradesh, while other seven states have confirmed their participation over phone, except Manipur which is yet to confirm. Officials would also accompany the farmers for the exhibits.
Regarding the allotment of stalls totaling 50, 10 would be exclusively for APMC (Agricultural Production and Marketing Co-operation). The rest of the stalls will be manned by VDBs, SHGs, NE entrepreneurs including SARAS which will take up a few stalls for showcasing NE cuisine.
The meeting also worked out and finalized the accommodation and welfare of the participating farmers. Officials who attended the meeting included commissioner and secretary rd, V. Sakhrie, director RD, Metsubo Jamir, additional director agriculture and co-convener control room, Z. Kikon, member secy control room Dr. Amenla and other officials from RD and agriculture department.
In another segment, the Diphuphar villagers under the initiative of K. Kapfo, chairman Diphuphar village council for the last 13 years, has taken the responsibility of giving a facelift to the Kachaa Diphuphar road that runs through the Agri Expo site. The road runs at a stretch of 2kms connecting Chekiye, Akasa and Diphuphar villages.
Under NREGA scheme, improvement of the road was undertaken by villagers as contribution towards beautification and success of the Expo where 3000 local laborers in 4 days achieved the task. At the moment there is no provision under NREGA for construction and black topping of roads but the chairman expressed hope that it can diversify fund in future from NREGA scheme for black-topping and construction of drainage.
The present Agri Expo site was donated by villagers of Diphuphar in 1971 for the purpose of a sugarcane farm and mill. Although for many years the department could not come up with any major projects, the initiation of the Agri Expo in 2006 by the government has brought about many opportunities for the neighbouring villages.
In 1996, on request of the chairman of Diphuphar to the then agriculture minister, Zachilhu, fencing was put up as protection from encroachers.
With the Agri Expo becoming a regular event, villagers of Diphupar felt that their donation of land has truly benefited the people through the government’s effort for inclusive participatory welfare of people.
Meanwhile, to project various systems of banking facilities available for farmers, 17 banks 34 branches will be participating in the NER agri expo 2010 which starts December 15. According to NER agri expo sources, participating banks include SBI, Allahabad Bank, Bank of Baroda, Axis Bank, Vijaya Bank, NSCB, NRB, UCO, ICICI Bank, PNB, P&S, BABARD, UBI, Central Bank, Federal Bank, Indian Bank , IDBI Bank and Syndicate Bank.
In addition to that, Khuzama village, the most self-sufficient village, would be participating by catering potato cuisine varying up to 20 items. Altogether 20 stalls have been reserved under Hangar A including agriculture marketing, research, tea procession, juts products, handicrafts, chemical, tools and implements and seeds, handloom etc from Dimapur and two stalls for Sikkim, department of agriculture.