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Horti deptt hands over reefer van; holds prog under RKVY

Horti deptt hands over reefer van; holds prog under RKVY
(L) Principal secretary Horticulture, M. K. Mero, Dr. Elithung Lotha along with Apong Longkumer and others. (R) M. K. Mero along with the beneficiaries and others. (NP)
Staff reporter DIMAPUR, Aug 31(NPN) | Publish Date: 8/31/2019 10:58:13 AM IST

Department of Horticulture, Nagaland handed over a Reefer Van to the CEO, of ZATARA Pvt. LTD, Apong Longkumer and also signed a memorandum  with him during a programme held at State Horticulture Nursery Dimapur on August 31. 

At the handing over programme, principal secretary, Horticulture, M.K. Mero regretted that the farmers of Nagaland were not able to market their agricultural and horticulture produces due to lack of proper logistics. He felt that Refrigerated Vans were must to preserve the produces in fresh form. 

Mero was hopeful that the ZATARA group would utilise the van for the best interest of the farmers of Nagaland and also for its group. He handed over the keys of the Reefer Van to the CEO of ZATARA Pvt. Ltd.  

Director Horticulture, Dr. Elithung Lotha said that the department has decided to hand over the Reefer Van to the CEO Zatara Pvt. LTD as he has been one of the most successful entrepreneurs in Nagaland who has been successfully trading in Raja chilly produces for more than five years. 

Lotha said that Apong has links with the farming community and works in tandem with them and was confident that he will help the farmers in transporting the perishable fruits and vegetables. Dr. Elithung also said that the department could not emphasize on marketing for several years. 

However, realising the need for marketing and market linkages the department has purchased refrigerated vans to help the entrepreneurs, he added. CEO Zatara Pvt.Ltd. said that he incurred losses many a times as raja chillies are transported in Tata mobiles from different districts and is highly perishable. He said that Reefer Van has been an answer to all his problems and thanked the department of Horticulture for providing him the much needed infrastructure.

The programme was chaired by District Horticulture officer Dimapur, Temsu Longkumer.

Meanwhile, inaugural programme on training and distribution of home scale preservation equipments under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojona (RKVY) was also organized. Home scale preservation equipments were distributed to 14 selected beneficiaries. 

In a brief programme principal secretary of Horticulture MK Mero encouraged the selected beneficiaries as the chosen one among all other beneficiaries of the state. He spoke on the importance of processed food which can be preserved, thereby encouraged the beneficiaries to experiment from the equipments and make better use of it. Mero also lamented on the food that was wasted due to lack of processing facilities, and in this regard he maintained that in India about more than twenty to thirty percent of the food and vegetables go wasted. Furthermore, he was optimistic that with the help of the equipments, the beneficiaries will opt more on cultivation towards processing and increase production in the state economy. 

Director of Horticulture Dr R Elithung Lotha encouraged the beneficiaries on the importance of the various training programme which were basically conducted to help the trainees in which ever possible ways. 

The programme further followed technical session on scope of fruits and vegetables preservation, objective and technologies of home scale preservation and dehydration of fruits of fruits using solar drier etc which was conducted by deputy director Meyasashi who also delivered brief remark of the programme. 

 

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