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Free medical check-up at Expo
Published on 19 Dec. 2010 12:39 AM IST
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Department of health & family welfare, has set up 24x7 free medical check up at the International Pavilion at the ongoing NER Agri Expo, Dimapur.
Medicines are being distributed freely to all the visiting patients since day one of the Agri Expo 2010. An official bulletin reported that the medical team comprised of 17 doctors, 21 nurses, five pharmacists and five attendants and headed by Dr. Z. Khesheto. Ambulance services is also available. The centre has so far registered more than 310 patients where farmers, officials and visitors are availing the facilities being sponsored by the NER Agri Expo.
ATMA activities
Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) which operates at district level for the welfare and benefit of farmers has been taking up many activities and innovative programmes in Nagaland.
ATMA scheme was implemented in the state during 2005-2006 initially in the three districts of Kohima, Mokokchung and Dimapur.
By 2006-2007 ATMA covered the remaining 8 districts. There are 52 ATMA blocks altogether in the eleven districts with varied activities as farm school for conducting trainings, demonstrations, study tours, Kisan mela, Farmers-Scientists interaction and interfaces conducted by the Agri and allied departments.
ATMA is a government of India scheme under the Directorate of Extension, Ministry of Agriculture with 90% funding from GOI and 10% as state share. This funding pattern is uniform all over the country.
A Y Ovung, director agriculture said ATMA activities and programme in Nagaland had made an impact and taken off in a big way since its implementation. He said apart from its usual programme for farmers’ promotion, ATMA activities during this NER Agri Expo are varied and innovative.
ATMA Nagaland stall has been set up in co-ordination with KVK Nagaland and the APMC Tuensang stall, selling organic kholar and other produces set up at the Rural Bazaar, he added.
“Farmers brought 3750 kilos of kholar of which half were already sold out. 75% of the 2000 kilos of soyabean were sold out as well, while 12000 kilos of maize has already been booked on wholesale by buyers. This venture has turned out to be extremely lucrative and beneficial for the Tuensang APMC”, he said.
State officials further highlighted that during this NER Agri Expo, ATMA has brought out many promotional T-shirts on organic farming, integrated pest management, food security and rodent campaign, complimentary T-shirts and caps for the various committees and liaison officers who have been working very hard throughout the expo. NER Agri Expo 2010 T-shirts and caps with logo and mascot have also been specially made for 150 volunteers who are working round the clock tirelessly to man 18 strategic locations. Altogether, 1280 farmers from all eleven districts are participating under the exposure programme in marketing summit/farmers-scientist interaction at NER Agri Expo 2010.
CIG Khuzama village has set up an organic potato restaurant which is being promoted through ATMA that caters more than 30 items on the menu, varied by a new recipe everyday.
41 children dressed in bright costumes walking around the Expo centre are from the weaker sections and are being given this privilege under innovative activities of ATMA. These children in their gay costumes depicting vegetables and fruits are an attraction at the Agri Expo. In the process they are also garnering knowledge, getting exposure and the confidence to walk tall.
All project directors ATMA and block technological team with specific assignments are sincerely involved in facilitating the farmers’ participation and promotion.

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