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Rio distributes farming machineries

Rio seen distributing to one of the beneficiary, Monday. (NP)
Staff Reporter Dimapur, May 23 (NPN):
Published on 24 May. 2011 12:26 AM IST
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In continuation of the declaration of “Year of Farmers” in the year 2006-07 for enhancing agriculture productivity in the state, a total of 400 power machineries- 170 tractors and 230 power tillers have been distributed to the farmers till today by the departments of planning and coordination and agriculture under CM’s Corpus Fund.
On Monday, 65 power machineries- 33 tractors and 32 power tillers were distributed to the beneficiaries from the entire districts by the state chief minister at DDSC stadium, Dimapur.
Distributing the power machineries, Rio said more labour and man power have been engaged in agri sector, but income generated by this sector was less then 20 percent. About 75 percent of the population lived in villages and engaged in agriculture, but the produce added “diminishing returns” to our income, said Rio. To tackle this issue, the chief minister maintained that the government was putting every effort by way of providing agricultural tools and quality seeds to the farmers. Apart from availing all these tools from the government, the farmers should opt for modern and scientific approach, he said.
Citing the example of Punjab which has 2 percent of land under wheat cultivation, and was producing about 20 percent of wheat to the country, he opined that the state which has also got more land and manpower could also produce more when the farmers take responsibility.
To enhance the agriculture productivity, Rio suggested the farmers to go for double cropping.
On the reports of beneficiaries selling the power machineries to Assam, the chief minister said that from this year the government has adopted a new policy, i.e to keep the tractors and power tillers under government registration for one year. “Don’t eat away the seeds, but eat the fruits”, Rio said.
He also informed that the government declaration of Year of Youth, Farmers, Empowerment, capacity building and Entrepreneurship, were some of the activities adopted by the government to directly ask the people of Nagaland to work.
Minister for agriculture, Dr. Chumben Murry in his short speech said that power machineries were provided to them to increase the strength of the farmers. He termed farming in Nagaland as big industry and said that last year the state earned Rs. 900 crore from the farm’s product. With regard to this the department would be providing assistance to export the products produce by the farmers, said Chumben.
Earlier, minister for planning and coordination, veterinary and animal husbandry, evaluation and parliamentary affairs, T. R. Zeliang delivered the welcome address.
The vote of thanks was said by principal secretary and agriculture production commissioner, H.K. Khulu.
First Naga Idol, Moanungsang delivered a special number on the occasion and the programme was attended by parliamentary secretary for Geology & Mining, Irrigation & Flood Control, Border Affairs, Yanthungo Patton; Parliamentary Secretary for Horticulture, Cooperation, R. Khing; Parliamentary Secretary for Transport & Communication, Printing & Stationery, Dako Phom; Parliamentary Secretary for Fisheries, Relief & Rehabilitation, Printing & Stationery, S. Heno; chairman NKVIB, Neiba Kronuo and parliamentary secretary CAWD, Torechu; MLA and advisor for sericulture, Azheto and Temjen Jamir, advisor NBDA and NLA deputy speaker Ralanthung, Parliamentary Secretary for irrigation and flood control and border affairs, Y. Patton and MLA Kejong Chang.

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