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Agri dept provides vehicles to FPOs

Agri dept provides vehicles to FPOs
Officials of agriculture department and members of FPOs in Kohima on Thursday. (NP)
Correspondent Kohima, Sep 5 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/5/2019 10:44:03 AM IST

Department of Agriculture handed vehicles to Farmers Producer Organisations (FPOs) under Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North East Region (MOVCD-NER) at directorate compound, here on Thursday. 

During the programme, two mini trucks were handed to Phek district for large cardamon and ginger farmers, and two pickup boleros to Wokha and Kohima district respectively under MOVCD-NER subsidy. 

APC and principal secretary N. Hushili Sema speaking on the occasion, urged the department officials to use the scheme judiciously for cultivators who were tilling the land to meet the demands of the state.

She appealed the department officers to be good motivators and help the farmers grow with their knowledge and experience, while observing that the farmers were still in the primitive stage in tilling lands and way of producing goods. 

Mentioning that state has huge potential for organic farming, she added that department has to ensure that potentiality was judiciously explored. She hoped that the more farmers will come forward to avail this scheme offered by the department.  

She further asked them to utilise the subsidy and assistance in a realistic way. 

Speaking about subsidy, she said that Nagas were ambitious without working and added “we want to enjoy the grant that the government has given to us without utilising it”.  

She hoped that the new initiative will be blessings not only for the farmers but to the state. 

Joint director, K. Remphamo Lotha said the MOVCDNER scheme was launched during 2015-16 with the department of Agriculture as the nodal agency. He said this was the first time, that the department was providing vehicles to the farmers to help them transport the goods to the market place. 

He added that 50% of the total cost for each vehicle will be covered under the scheme. Director of Agriculture M. Ben Yanthan, chairman of the programme said that the initiative was much needed to the farming community in particular for ginger and large cardamom to transport their goods to the market place. 

He requested the FPOs to make the best use of the vehicle for the benefit of the cultivators at large. 

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