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APC & team visit Boke Botsa for N-ISF

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 11/7/2020 1:12:50 PM IST

Nagaland Agriculture Production Commissioner (APC) Y. Kikheto Sema visited Boke Botsa for spot verification of Naga Model Integrated Settled Farming (N-ISF) on November 7. 

A press release by the department of Agriculture stated that, during interaction with Botsa village elders, farmers and the officers accompanying him, Kikheto stated that purpose of the visit was to improve existing traditional farming to a sustainable farming. 

While stressing that, although one cannot stop the traditional methods of jhum, terrace cultivation, which may not be economically viable or ecologically sustainable, Kikheto said that one could not stop it as it has been practiced since time immemorial. Considering the possibility of food pandemic sooner or later, he said that one needed to prepare for self sufficiency where ISF was of utmost importance. APC said that IFS should be undertaken in all feasible areas so that various activities under agri and allied departments can be taken up in cluster approach. He believed this would encourage educated unemployed youth and retired employees to go back to rural areas for undertaking settled farming by utilization the land to its fullest potential for production in a sustainable manner. These clusters would be further formed into Farmers Producer Organization (FPO) for post harvest value chain to the nearest market, Kikheto advocated that N-ISF will turn into a business model and also pave way for Agro-Eco Tourism. APC stressed that ISF at Boke Botsa would serve as a model and will be replicated in all the districts eventually. He also stated that there was no specific fund to start with, but the process is ongoing by faith as it was a need base. 

He further stated that GPS mapping of the area being taken by the GIS cell and for which agri & allied departments would have to prepare action plan for early implementation starting from Boke Botsa.

Talking about his role as APC, he mentioned that it was his commitment to bring to fruition the dream of making Nagaland self sufficient and self sustainable in agri & allied sector.

He was accompanied by the HoDs, officers of directorate and district offices from Agriculture, Horticulture, Land Resources, Fisheries, Soil conservation, Water Resources, Veterinary and also project director GIS. Principal secretary to the chief minister, K. D. Vizo also accompanied the team.

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