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Entrepreneurs awarded at NER Agri Expo 2010
DIMAPUR, dec 19 (NPN):
Published on 20 Dec. 2010 1:02 AM IST
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During the valedictory function of NE Agri Expo 2010, entrepreneurs were felicitated with lifetime achievement awards and also for outstanding entrepreneurship. Certificate of recognition for lifetime achievement to select pioneering entrepreneurs of Dimapur district and outstanding entrepreneurship were awarded.
Other categories included:
Best display category :
1st prize -Renomme Coir and Kivifoam Industry, 2nd prize-Woodland Products and Researchers, 3rd prize - Hope Foundation and Welfare Society
Best Innovative Products:
1st prize -Naga Fragrance, 2nd prize Metro Meat and 3rd prize Avou’s Candles.
(Staff Reporter)
NEPeD’s hydroger machines attract farmers
Nagaland Empowerment of People through Economic Development (NEPeD) is now in the process of developing a centre for mass production of hydroger machines to be manufactured locally. Officers and some expertise who participated on the 2nd North East Agri Expo 2010 demonstrated adoption of process of hydrogers by rural folks which can be attributed to its low cost, light weight, easy to operate/maintain and versatile utility. NEPeD has installed over 200 hydrogers all over Nagaland till December 2010.
According to an official bulletin, realizing the energy demand, NEPeD has sought to provide a renewable source of electricity to meet the basic power needs of people living in villages in Nagaland with a decentralized manner that is environment, empowering and sustainable. NEPeD is now gradually moving from pico (1-2kw) to small micro/mini hydel projects (below 1000KW) based on the successfully tested community model. Steps have been initiated to execute a mini hydel project of capacity 300KW in Yijung River which is one of the most remote areas of Nagaland. NEPeD mission is to set up stand alone micro hydropower project about 1000 villages.
Marking that by 2011, hydrogers would be available off-the-shelf at affordable prices for multiple applications this Development Authority indents to capacitate people in maintaining biodiversity and vital ecosystem services while ensuring equitable access to adequate energy supply. It also envisaged that it was not only to bringing added value to cash crops through the use of electricity in processing and mechanized farming but also creating both up stream and down streams income generating opportunities.
Clean and Green Energy through NEPeD’s efforts would contribute to mitigating Global Climate change concerns and for sustainable development in the Eastern Himalayan region.
Recommendations of NE Marketing Summit 2010
Farmers’ Scientist Interaction – interactive taken up by the department of agriculture, state government showed tremendous response, where more than 1900 farmers and 60 resource persons participated from different North East states including Nagaland. The participating farmers during all the three days of Farmers’ Scientist Interaction were eager to share problems to find out possible solutions. According to an official bulletin, it was recommended that for the benefit of farmers such platform should be regularly arranged even by the other Agri & Allied Departments involving ICAR, Universities and other institutions.
The Farmers’ Scientist Interaction sessions were conducted under various themes such as Agri Horti Crops and Post Harvest Management, Beekeeping, medicinal and Aromatic Plant and Sericulture and Livestock, Fishery & Entrepreneurship Development.
Recommendations passed during the Marketing Summit include:
Agri Horti Crops and Post Harvest Management:
1. One of the major contributors to the agricultural problems faced by the farmers is climate change. The problem should be looked into in a holistic manner.
2. Farmers growing horticulture crops in the remote areas may be encourage growing high value low volume crops.
3. Location/specific package and practices for growing newly introduced horticulture crops specially in the case of Nagaland needs to be developed.
4. To tackle the problems of transportation, marketing and finance, farmers may group into clubs or SHGs and approach agencies for support.
5. Crop zonation may be encouraged so that the production of particular crops is large enough to attract the buyers to the farm gate.
6. Large scale farmer awareness programme is necessary to address the problems of deliverables specially the benefits the farmers get from govt schemes.
7. Educating the farmers on the benefit of bio-control methods on plant protection and making it easily available should be stressed.
8. A regular platform for channelling farmers problems to proper departments/agencies may be developed so as to solve farmers problem at much faster rate.
Beekeeping, medicinal and aromatic plants and sericulture:
1. An organic certification laboratory may be established in the region.
2. With the increase in the cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants quality control of the produce will be a major requirement.
3. Farmers may be encouraged to use bio-control majors for diseases of medicinal and aromatic plants.
4. Cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants may be taken up in organised zones considering the suitability of the zone for a particular plant.
5. Farmers may be made aware of various schemes available for cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants, beekeeping and sericulture.
6. Quality planting materials, eggs for sericulture and colonies for beekeeping may be made easily available to farmers.
7. Farmers may be encouraged to form clusters to avail loans for various schemes provided by Commercial Banks.
Livestock, fisheries and entrepreneurship development:
1. Establishment of fish hatcheries in all hill states is an urgent need.
2. Fish variety like rohu, mrigal, kaltla may be grown in lower altitudes while grass carp, silver carp may be recommended for hill.
3. Climate wise zonation of livestock and fisheries may be encouraged.
4. Each states should now give emphasis on seed production programme of livestock’s and poultry.
5. Proper education to be given on nutrition, health care and vaccination of livestock and poultry.
6. Surveillance and monitor of diseases need to be well organised.
7. Model demonstration unit at least at the district level should be developed.
8. Large scale awareness programme about the govt may be taken up.
9. Govt may take steps to frame a pricing policy for Agriculture & Allied sectors produce/products.
10. The vast potential of entrepreneurship development in the livestock sector may be explored.

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