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Organic farming in Peren

Minister of planning and co-ordination, parliamentary affairs, veterinary and animal husbandry, T. R. Zeliang inspecting the vermin decompose unit at Mbaupungchi village on Sunday. (R) Nkialwa 200 kilohertz micro hydel project under construction. (NP)
Published on 14 Feb. 2011 12:28 AM IST
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Minister of planning & co-ordination, parliamentary affairs, vety & A.H. T.R.Zeliang along with a central team comprising of Dr. G J Samathanam head (TDT), department of science and technology, New Delhi, Dr. Rajni Rawat, Junior Analyst, department of science and technology, New Delhi and Y. Lotha, secretary, department of science and technology, Nagaland, Dr. Zavei Hiese, senior scientist and member secretary, Nagaland state science and technology council, Dr. R. K Singh ICAR and Dr. Moa from Horticulture department accompanied the visiting central team from New Delhi to Mbaupungchi viilage on Sunday.
The team inspected the demonstrational projects at the village as part of the effort to promote organic agricultural farming in Nagaland and to help the farmers to cultivate and sell the organic products with proper certification.
The demonstrational project is being funded by department of science and technology, New Delhi and operated locally by Morarka foundation an NGO based at Jaipur.
Interacting with the farmers of the Mbaupungchi village, Dr. G J Samathanam, head (TDT), department of science and technology, New Delhi said the sole objective of his visit to Nagaland was to study, examine and see the needs of the people in developing organic farming in the state as well as to see in what way the government to uplift the rural economy.
He assured the farmers that the government would engage top scientists from Bangalore to come and study the soil, environment of the area so that organic vegetation can grow in the area.
Dr Samathanam also said the identification of problem was the priority and scientists would visit the area to identify the problems the farmers were facing in cultivating organic vegetables and fruits.
He also assured farmers of liberal financial support from the central government to develop Mbaupungchi village into a center of organic vegetables and fruits.
Sadvinder Singh, project manager Morarka foundation, Jaipur said that the foundation has started projects in three districts of the state- Kohima, Phek and Peren. Altogether about 38 villages with 2006 farmers are being covered in Nagaland, he added.
He said Morarka foundation undertakes transfer of the vermi decompose technology to the farmers for making organic bio pesticide for the plants with the help of the locally available materials, this in turn will educate the farmers to develop manures for organic farming.
Sadvinder said that the project would enable the farmers to develop the organic technology
Dr. G J Samathanam and his team also inspected the demonstration projects on Vermi decompose units at Mbaupungchi village. Later the team also visited the 200 Kilohertz Micro Hydel project at Nkialwa, funded and constructed by Nagaland state science and technology council. The project would cover five villages such Nkialwa village, Agailong, Upper sinzol, Mbaupunggwa and Mbaupungchi villages under Peren disticts.

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