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State, scope for organic farming: TR

T.R. Zeliang releasing the book on interface meeting at Jharnapani, Friday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, FEB 4 (NPN):
Published on 5 Feb. 2011 12:27 AM IST
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Minister for planning, animal husbandry and veterinary, T.R. Zeliang on Friday said Nagaland has huge potential for organic farming i.e. agriculture, horticulture and livestock which could provide economic sustenance for people.
Addressing the interface meeting on development of agriculture and allied sectors in Nagaland at National Research Centre on Mithun, Jharnapani, the minister pointed out the region with roughly four percent of the country’s population with agriculture as the main occupation has animal husbandry and fishery as inseparable part of the state’s economy.
Zeliang said livestock still offered additional income and employment to the farmers though the state was making tremendous advancement in the commercial production of horticultural and agricultural crops with the initiative from the state government.
However Zeliang said the total livestock available in the state was insufficient to meet the demands and Nagaland has to largely depend on import from outside. He said the unfulfilled demand ha ample scope for development.
At the meeting, the minister also disclosed the state government would be adopting hygienic and scientific approach for slaughter of animals and therefore, a proposal to construct a Rs.151 crore slaughter house in Dimapur has been submitted to the Planning Comission.
Earlier, Zeliang also inaugurated the exhibition stall put up by KVK.
Minister for agriculture, Dr. Chumben Murry who was the guest of honour termed the meeting as an “intensive” and “critical observation” in agriculture sector with respect to Nagaland where more than 70 percent of the population was engaged in this sector.
Chumben highlighted that 80 percent of the population live in rural areas while 68 percent of the work force are employed in agriculture sector with the demand for commercial products ever increasing. In this regard he lamented that the domestic product of the state was not up to the mark.
Chumben also underscored lack of facilities such as absence of insurance and banking facilities to some farmers, untapped resources and lack of dissemination of information related to farming and technology.
In a bid to resolve the cited problems, Dr. Chumben felt there should be a proper road map to boost agriculture productivity and added the government was giving full support to attain ‘Vision 2020’ policy on agriculture and allied sectors which would focus on Agriculture production and marketing in the state.
For this he said the state government was in talk with a Mumbai based Globally Managed System (GMS) to draft a policy focusing on agriculture production and marketing in the state.
He further hoped the interface interaction with the representative from ICAR institutes, DARE/Indian Council of Agricultural Research with representatives from agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry and fishery departments from the state would play a pivotal role to boost the agriculture productivity in the state.
Principal secretary and APC, H.K. Khulu in his brief speech said northeast region has numerous potentials, yet to be explored. He hoped ICAR would extend all possible help to farmers in exploring the avenues.
Vice chancellor Assam University, Dr. K.M. Bujarbaruah, vice chancellor Central Agriculture University, Imphal, Dr. S. N. Puri and DG, ICAR and DARE, Dr. S. Ayyappan also spoke on the occasion.

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