Bad roads a hindrance to exports: Mhathung Yanthan

Bad roads a hindrance to exports: Mhathung Yanthan
(L-R) M.K Mero, Mhathung Yanthan, SM Jahangir Hossain and Malayendu Mulkherjee at the ten day training inaugural program. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUL 14 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/14/2018 11:48:34 PM IST
Advisor for horticulture Mhathung Yanthan, on Saturday, said that the road conditions in the state was a factor that contributes to difficulty in exporting agricultural products outside Nagaland. At the same time, he expressed optimism saying that the conditions would improve because, he said, the PDA government was committed to improving the roads of the state and has been putting in much energy and money into it.
He was speaking at the inaugural program of the Integrated Export Development Project Training held on Saturday at DAN training centre, 4th mile, Dimapur.
The advisor stated that the central government was also involved in solving the problem of transport of goods adding that the state government would approach the centre to discuss this problem. 
Speaking about the crops grown in Nagaland, Yanthan asserted that the crops of Nagaland were organic by default though not officially declared organic.
In this regard, he said that the government was considering declaring Nagaland an organic state. Once it is declared organic officially, it will improve the demand of agricultural products of the state, he said.
He lamented that Nagaland was trapped in the vicious cycle of no production, leading to no market, which in turn leads back to no production.
“This cycle needs to be broken” he said and suggested implementing proper marketing methods. He also explained that his department has been focusing on this. He added that Nagaland had immense potential to export agri-products, yet the state was still lagging behind because of the lack of a market and the right buyers. 
Delivering his speech as the special invitee, horticulture principal secretary Nagaland M.K Mero, ITS maintained that in the days to come, the upcoming and ongoing road and rail projects in the state would improve connectivity making exporting products easier. He revealed that the department was also planning to set up a marketing wing.
Bangladesh fruits vegetables and allied products exporter association president S.M Jahangir Hossain, while delivering a brief speech, asked trainees to focus first on the quality of products and then go for exports. He agreed that the roads of the state were a problem and unless the roads improve, the exporters could not accomplish much.
NEF trainers-exports Mgt FLT. LT. Malayendu Mulkherjee also explained the concept of the program.
Earlier, a welcome address was delivered by deputy director of horticulture, Mishessto Rengma.
The ten-day training program has been executed by North East Foundation (NEF) and sponsored by the horticulture department. It is the first of its kind training in the state.
Altogether, 30 trainees have been selected to participate in the program out of 100 candidates. The program will culminate on July 23.

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