State horticulture department was judged first among state government category and awarded a certificate at the 4th Indian Horticulture Congress (IHC) 2010 in Delhi. The award was presented by the chief guest Prof. K. V. Thomas, minister of state for agriculture, government of India at the valedictory function on November 21.
The four-day event was held at the National Physical Laboratory Auditorium, Delhi on the theme ‘Horticulture Horti Business Economic Prosperity’ and organized by Horticulture Society of India, New Delhi in collaboration with NSFI, Gurgaon.
There were altogether 27 co-sponsors for the Congress and the department of horticulture, Nagaland was among the silver sponsors.
Nagaland team was led by Dr. Moa Walling, DHO Tuensang; Chubatoshi, AHO and two entrepreneurs.
There were 29 stalls put up in the exhibition category by different cooperates, private cos., research institutions, publishers and state governments. Horticultural produces from Nagaland having marketing opportunities like ginger, turmeric and Naga King Chilli from Peren district; Mandarins from Aliba, Yajang and Chumukedima; Large Cardamom capsules from Mon district; Pineapples from Medziphema and Naga King Chilli products of Naga Fragrance like powder, smokeless dried, pickle and Defense spray were displayed.
Renowned scientists, professors of different universities, researchers, farmers and students appreciated the exhibits. Entrepreneurs/stakeholders approached with Market Linkage queries especially for ginger, pineapple and Naga King chilli (pickle).
During the exhibition complementary samples of Naga King Chilli (fresh and dried) and fruit dessert were distributed.
In commemorating the states ‘Year of Entrepreneur’ department of horticulture along with the entrepreneurs participated in the Indian Horticulture Congress and showcased healthy and beautiful horticultural produces which were highly appreciated by all the participants. The state team had a great experience interacting with many eminent scientists, cooperates, stakeholders, university teachers and farmers.
During the four-day long congress 83 papers were delivered in 16 paper presentation sessions and had 6 poster competition sessions. Almost all the eminent scientists, renowned professors and teachers, researchers, stake holders, students, representatives from state governments, farmers and financial institutions took part.
Some of the burning topics like climate change and mitigation, biodiversity management, innovative production technologies, mechanisation in horticulture, post harvest, marketing and value addition, fruits and vegetables in health and nutrition, skill development, emerging standards, inputs, livelihood, transfer of technology, financing horti-business in horticulture were presented. Dr. M. S. Swaminathan, Member, Rajya Sabha was the chief guest in the inaugural session.