C.M Chang graces Advocacy & Publicity w’shop

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 7/21/2018 12:45:30 AM IST
An advocacy and publicity workshop on minimum support price for minor forest produce scheme was organized on July 20 at the Deck, Hotel Vivor, Kohima. It was conducted by Tribal Cooperative marketing development federation of India (TRIFED), Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India and department of Underdeveloped Areas (DUDA), Government of Nagaland.
According to DIPR, minister of Environment Forest & Climate Change, C.M Chang, in his welcome address, appreciated the TRIFED along with the department of EF&CC and DUDA for organizing the program in the state.
Chang said Nagaland has been endowed with a very rich and unique bio-diversity and it falls within the Indo-Burma Biodiversity Hotspot bordering the species rich Indian and Indo-Chinese sub-region.
He reported that it is estimated the state supports approximately 2,431 species belonging to 963 genera and 186 families, out of which he believed that more than half would be important medicinally and of other economic value.
Chang stated that in-situ conservation of the rich genetic resources of the Minor Forest Products (MFPs) of the state should be encouraged and ex-situ cultivation of the important medicinal plants species and other MFPs should be promoted.
Advisor, Department of Underdeveloped Areas, N. Bongkhao Konyak, in his short speech, highlighted departmental activities, DUDA being the implementing agency of the state, its main objective is to implement people centric developmental programs for the Eastern Nagaland region. With this objective, the Department is working tirelessly to bridge the gap with regard to economic and livelihood opportunities and bring the backward region at par with the rest of the state, he said.
Konyak stated that there were 337 villages in Eastern Nagaland and with the lack of proper roads and basic infrastructures it was still an uphill task for the department to successfully impact the region. Moreover, with the lack of Air and Rail connectivity, all raw materials have to be transported from commercial hubs, as far as Dimapur or through Assam. This has resulted in high cost for development, he said.
With the lack of job opportunities and the distance from commercial districts, the people of the region cannot effectively initiate self-employment ventures other than depending on government jobs or government funding, he stated. So far the department has successfully implemented all CSS programs but is still far from reaching the targets due to limited funding from both the state and the central governments, Konyak added.
MD- TRIFED & principal secretary, DUDA, L. Kire also spoke at the program. After a few slide-show presentations, vote of thanks was proposed by RM-TRIFED Guwahati.

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