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U.S diplomat visits NBRM project site
Published on 5 Dec. 2010 12:06 AM IST
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The United States consul general in Kolkata Beth A. Payne Friday visited the Valeriana wallichii cultivation (traditional medicinal plant) at Sechüma-Zubza, a project initiated by Nagaland Bio-Resource Mission (NBRM).
The visiting American diplomat was accorded a warm welcome by villagers.
Delivering a short speech, the Sechü village council chairman Visieneiko said Americans were the ones who transformed the lives of Nagas by introducing Christianity and thus Nagas felt close to the Americans.
Maintaining that Nagas looked forward to working with Americans, the VC chairman urged the diplomat not to forget the Nagas.
Payne interacted with women farmers at the project site and lauded their interest and effort in taking up medicinal plant cultivation.
The US diplomat stated that she felt closely associated with the farmers because her parents were also farmers who raised and educated their children, who were today a US diplomat, a doctor and an engineer.
Payne advocated that Sechüma-Zubza farmers could also follow suit and encourage them to work diligently by handing outs calculators and pens.
US Embassy, New Delhi senior regional security officer Earl Miller, US Consulate, Kolkota cultural affair specialist Dr. Sunriit Mullick were also present at the occasion. They also interacted with NBRM mission director & land resources department joint director Moatoshi and the officers of land resources department. They appreciated the activities undertaken at the project site and lauded NBRM and LRD for their relentless efforts.
Payne also conveyed gratitude and said she was looked forward to work with the Nagas in future.

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