Agriculture Production Commissioner (APC) H.K Khulu described Changki eco-green project at Tsurang valley as one of the best projects in the state and said the valley has wide scope to make it an economic centre in the state.
Addressing a meeting of agri and allied department officials and progressive farmers of Changki village at the eco-green project site, Khulu said he was impressed with cultivation of diverse plants including cash crops such as tea, rubber, aloe vera, agar and fruits like orange and lemon.
According to official bulletin, Khulu arrived at the project on January 6 on a two day field visit of the project site. APC who visited the entire project suggested on taking up agar plantations stating agar has great market value not only in the country but also abroad.
Khulu who recently visited Laos said Nagaland government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Laos to promote agar plantation on commercial scale in the state.
He further disclosed two high officials were at Laos to acquaint themselves with administering injection technically on agar tree in Laos in enhancing market value.
“Under MoU state government is actively considering to implement the administration of injection on agar tree in the state”, the APC said.
Having seen cultivation of tea, aloe vera and other crops on vast areas at the project site, the APC said the government would look into development of all weather roads to the project site and assured it would be given top priority.
Former DGP J. Changkija who chaired the meeting, urged upon the visiting APC to extend all possible help to the project saying farmers have been facing numerous challenges, particularly road communication.
Joint director, state agricultural research station, Yisemyong, Teketushi, Village Council Chairman of Changki and Satsuk village also spoke at the meeting.
Changki eco-green project, about 1800 hectares, came into being in 2000 on the basis of land leased out to 16 progressive individual farmers by Changki village.
Earlier, the chairman of Changki eco-green project, Imkongtemsu submitted a memorandum to the APC requesting him to extend assistance to the farmers.