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State Agri dept for Vision 2020 policy
Correspondent Kohima, Jan 20(NPN):
Published on 21 Jan. 2011 12:44 AM IST
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Nagaland government is likely to come out with a vision 2020 policy on Agriculture and Allied Sectors which would focus on Agriculture production and marketing in the state.
MoU with Mumbai based Globally Managed System (GMS) is likely to be signed soon for drafting the vision policy for the state. GMS, an expert in the field, had given power point presentations to the Agriculture department and the latter is likely to sign the deal soon, state agriculture minister Dr. Chumben Murry revealed this while talking to media persons at his official residence here Wednesday.
In the MoU, GMS is likely to be asked to prepare the draft of the vision document within three months time, the minister revealed. The plan which was projected to the state chief minister was well received and the latter was very happy and expressed hope that the proposal would go through. Dr. Chumben also admitted that he was not so familiar with Agriculture and its allied sector as he was professionally from the medical background. However, since 80% of the people in the state rely on agriculture, he had visualized the need for a long term policy.
He said after 48 years of statehood, Nagas should have a proper and correct statistics but unfortunately it was not available and the department involved has not given a good picture for future planning, he said. Stating that he had been asking the department to study on the scientific impact and sustainable Jhum cultivation, Dr. Chumben regretted that the people were still continuing with the traditional farming which has huge impact on the productivity.
The proposed vision document, however, depended on the volume of import and export of the state agriculture produces for which the department had been asked to prepare a comparative study, he said. “We often considered the foothill areas such as Jalukie as the rice bowl of Nagaland but presently we can observe it as a dry land with no double cropping as the agriculture in the state is purely based on rain feed and we want to see that the vision document has a very good water management system,” he added.
Expressing concern over the level of acidity in the state in comparison to other states, he mooted the idea of introducing soil testing laboratory and mobile unit of the same soon so that it could create more awareness among the farmers. He however expressed dismay at the present status where Agri and allied sectors have been bifurcated into not less than 9 different departments dealing with the same farmers. There should be a point of convergence among different Agri and allied sectors, he added.
He also admitted that the drought like situation in 2008-09 had resulted in deficit of food agriculture products in the state for which the department had to divert certain amount of budgetary allocation of 25-30% for procuring additional seeds during the same year. The state was expected to recover the shortfall of agriculture production by 15-20 percent in 2009-10 and similarly by 15-20 percent this financial year, he added.
He appealed the farmers to understand scientific farming methodology to reduce impact of drought or flood situation so as to mitigate and minimize the impact of natural eventualities by multiplying productivity through scientific means of cultivations.

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