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Farmers urged to produce aplenty
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, FEB 22 (NPN):
Published on 23 Feb. 2011 12:01 AM IST
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Noting that the Nagas have showed their potentials in the area of farming but were yet to start producing surpluses, agriculture minister, Dr. Chumben Murry Tuesday urged the farmers to start producing aplenty adding that the government was steadily taking steps to provide the required linkages where the farmers can sale surplus produce.
Speaking at an awareness programme on commodity trading at NE Agri Expo site Dimapur, Dr. Chumben said that lack of marketing channel was the reason why farmers have not seriously thought about producing surplus other than meeting their required needs.
He also pointed out that it was only after 48 years of statehood that the actual process of modernizing agriculture started in Nagaland. Stating that agriculture produce in the state was organic by default, he also told the farmers to take advantage of it as organic products have certain advantages in the market.
Dr. Chumben stressed on the importance of a well regulated market noting that there were many things yet to be done in agriculture and its allied departments.
He said the infrastructures that have been built were only the starting points and urged Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC)to understand what was happening outside the state. Stating that some APMCs were not functioning upto expectations, the agriculture minister cautioned those APMCs might be labeled as “sick APMCs.”
He said the government opened cold storages in three districts last year and would be opening in three more districts this year.
The minister said that the government was also seriously thinking of introducing buy back policy and pointed out that Nagaland was a virgin area for investors having immense potential.
Agriculture Production Commissioner (APC) and principal secretary for agriculture, H. K. Khullu in a brief speech stressed on the importance of having a well regulated market and linkages for the farmers. Stating that it was of no use pointing fingers against each other, he urged the APMCs to properly activate their functioning and also utilize the facilities that were in place.
Responding to a presentation made by the deputy director marketing, Inavi that the computers provided to APMCs were not used owing to power failures, the APC said the problem would be sorted out at the earliest.
Khullu also pointed that the APMCs cannot collect tax on agriculture products except by the civic bodies and authorized organizations.
Keeping in mind the frequent power cuts in the state, he urged the Indian Commodity Exchange (ICEX) which would be putting up ticker boards at APMCs displaying the varied rates of various agri products of different parts of the country to find an option which would enable the ticker boards to function even in times of power failure.
ICEX head agriculture (product) Anjan Mandal in his power point presentation said that commodities worth `60, 000 crores were traded on futures market out of which `10, 000 crores comprised of agricultural products.
He also highlighted the potential of ginger and rubber projects in Nagaland. He emphasized on how the farmers can benefit by involving in the futures market online commodity trading.
Online trading basically means a way of selling and buying commodities where the producers and the buyers fix particular date to sell or buy the products at a delivery centre. Mandal said that the farmers can sell their produces through the APMCs which in turn will trade with the ICEX.
Deputy director, marketing Inavi highlighted the grievances of the farmers who do not get proper channel to sell their produces.
The awareness programme on commodity trading was organized by Forward Markets Commission – Nagaland State Agriculture Marketing Board in partnership with ICEX India.

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