Government schemes not for ‘paper farmers’: Mhathung

Government schemes not  for ‘paper farmers’: Mhathung
Mhathung Yanthan inaugurating the Teshora integrated farm, strawberry field project on Saturday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUL 21 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/21/2018 11:52:59 PM IST
Adviser Horticulture, Mhathung Yanthan on Saturday said that the government’s farming benefits and schemes were for genuine farmers and not for “paper farmers”. He asserted that the government was only a facilitator and to avail government benefits, farmers should start working.
He was speaking as the special invitee at an inauguration program of the Teshora integrated Farm, strawberry field project at Punglwa village. In his speech, he also reminded farmers that they should at least produce to provide for their own needs even if they could not produce enough to supply the markets. He urged farmers to take up farming as a business as it had become a profitable venture due to demand for organic products all over the country.
Mhathung stated that laziness was one factor which caused farming activities to remain stagnant. He also said that the government had taken note of the problems faced by farmers and was now focusing on marketing facilities so that farmers could enhance their production. The advisor also encouraged farmers to adopt scientific methods of farming to save time and enhance production. He further said that the present government led by Neiphiu Rio was giving importance to the Agri and its allied sectors to take the farmers forward.  Director horticulture, Elithung Lotha lauded the entrepreneurs of Teshora integrated farm and said that it was time to build the economy by utilizing the land and resources gifted by God. Short speeches were also delivered by sub-divisional agriculture officer, Dimapur, Ronchamo Kikon and GB Punglwa Adisalie.  The farm is a joint venture between Lopilo and Yamna Matchen. Spread over 30 puras, the entrepreneurs have planted multiple crops such as vegetables, horticulture crops, livestock farming etc. It was started this year with a vision to export organic products across the country. It also aims to provide employment to school drop-outs and promote and motivate Naga women. Earlier, dedicatory prayer was said by pastor Dimapur Lotha Baptist Church, Rev. Zanao Mozhui. The program began with an invocation by pastor OBC, Keena.

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