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Agri minister urges youth to take up farming

Agri minister urges youth to take up farming
G Kaito Aye (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, NOV 26 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/26/2019 12:08:04 PM IST

Asserting that without farming there would be no food on the table, the minister of agriculture, G Kaito Aye, Tuesday urged the young people to take interest in farming, which he said “can never go out of fashion.” Speaking at the 5th International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) Asia Organic Youth Forum at Naithu Resort here Tuesday organized by Nagaland Organic Konnect (NOK) in collaboration with the Government of Nagaland, the minister underscored the importance of younger generation engaging in agriculture and related activities. 

Stating that there was a need for creative solution to mitigate unemployment problem, Kaito pointed out that every year there were thousands of young people, who drop out of school without functional skills to pursue viable employment.  “Admitting that more was needed be done for sustainable agricultural practices in the state, the minister, however, said that the department of agriculture has been working tirelessly with farmers for several decades and had made tangible progress with scientific interventions and farmer’s education.

Stressing on organic agriculture, he said that the first step should be empowering the farmers in the village who were practically engaged in farming and producing food not only for them but for the non-farming community in the state.

The minister pointed out that so far 6000 hectares have been certified as organic and 7000 hectares was under conversion with compliance to National Programme for Organic Production by OneCert International Pvt. Ltd. as certifying agency. 

To facilitate stringer marketing access under the ownership of grower’s organisation, Kaito stated that the state government has registered the brand “Naga Organic” where  Farmers Producer Organisations (FPOs) and entrepreneurs under the mission organic value chain development (MOVCD) have started selling their produce and products.

Other highlights of the programme-- opening message by IFOAM Asia president Zhou Zejiang (China), NOK executive member Tiatemjen delivered welcome address and director of Indigenous Cultural Society, Nagaland Dr Hesheto Y Chishi offered invocation.

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