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Governor moots award for agricultural entrepreneurs

DIMAPUR, AUG 31 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/31/2018 12:55:32 PM IST

Visibly impressed with the hard work and commitment of Lucy Ngullie Thomas as an educated agricultural entrepreneur, Nagaland Governor PB Acharya has mooted constituting a governor’s award of Rs 1 lakh for the State’s hardworking and committed agricultural entrepreneurs. He said he would meet officials of horticulture department and discuss the issue so that entrepreneurs like Lucy were encouraged and acknowledged.

Acharya, who himself is a keen advocate of organic fruits and vegetables, interacted with ‘Dream Dragon Fruit Farm’ owner Lucy at Police Guest House, Chumukedima on August 29. He lauded the “bold” educated farmer for taking up farming with dedication and for being the only dragon fruit cultivator on commercial basis from the entire Northeast. 

After learning about health benefits of the fruit, the governor encouraged all marginal farmers to plant at least three dragon fruit vines.

Sharing her experiences as a farmer, Dream Dragon Fruit Farm proprietor, who is an Arts graduate, told the governor that she was very keen and passionate about farming, which made her take up dragon fruit cultivation since 2013. 

Explaining the numerous medicinal values of dragon fruits, besides providing high returns, Lucy felt that more farmers must take up dragon fruit cultivation, adding that Dimapur was the best place for cultivating the fruit. 

She informed Acharya that India produced just one per cent of the fruit, for which it became expensive on reaching the market. 

Blessed with fertile land and perfect climate, Lucy felt that Naga farmers needed to cultivate the fruit as it had very high medicinal values as well as high market demand.

Lucy also handed over a box of her fruit to the governor, enabling the first citizen of the State to taste the first organic dragon fruit produce of Nagaland. This was stated in a press release issued by DPRO Dimapur. 

 

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