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Self sufficiency a long way: Chumben

Dr. Chumben Murry, minister for Agriculture unveiling the new administrative office wing monolith while Dr. Akali Sema Director CIH, H.K Khulu, Agriculture Production Commissioner and Rev. Fr. Kurian, Parish Priest Medzhiphema look on, Monday. (NP)
Staff Reporter MEDZHIPHEMA (CIH), JAN 31 (NPN):
Published on 1 Feb. 2011 12:50 AM IST
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Economic growth is the need of the hour and the state has still long way to go in terms of self sufficiency, Dr. Chumben Murry, minister for Agriculture said while inaugurating the new administrative office building built purely with eco-friendly material at Central Institute of Horticulture (CIH) Medzhiphema Monday.
Dr. Chumben emphasized on the improvement of farming method in the state especially scientific methods which could enhance agriculture growth in the state.
Stating the current agriculture produce was not enough to sustain the state, even though 86% of the state population depended on agriculture, he called for improvement of farmers’ welfare in the state.
He said the growth of the state economy depended on how farmers’ welfare was looked upon and called on institute such as CIH, ICAR to come together annually for a concerted solution in solving the problem of self sufficiency and improvement of agriculture in the state.
Calling upon to improve better water conservation in the campus, H.K Khulu, Agriculture Production Commissioner (APC), Nagaland who was the guest of honour for the occasion, asked the staff of CIH to conserve water and to give importance on water availability in the campus.
Expressing regret on the infrastructural development in CIH campus, H.K Khulu said the contract work given to Central Public Work Department is not executed directly but leased to sub agents, thus hampering development in the campus.
Stating further that there were lots of potential for growth in horticulture, H.K Khulu urged central institutes to come with intensive ideas to be implemented in the state.
He further assured the state government’s co-operation in developing the campus which is the only one in the entire northeast region.
Dr. Akali Sema Director CIH, in her welcome address termed the day as “humble yet significant in the history of Central Institute of Horticulture”.
She also said the institute has lots of responsibilities not only in Nagaland but the entire NE region to train officers and evaluate and implement various central schemes in the region.
Commenting on the new administrative office building, she said the new building has been built with eco friendly materials on low cost in collaboration with Nagaland Bamboo Development Agency (NBDA).
H.K Khulu, Agriculture Production Commissioner also inaugurated the new tractor provided to CIH on trail basis for pineapple farmers to transfer their products.
Earlier, Rev. Fr. Kurian, Parish Priest Medzhiphema dedicated the new building.
He invoked God’s blessing on the new administrative building and the staff of CIH.
Vote of thanks was delivered by Prabin Das, Marketing Specialists, CIH.

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