Integrated farm settlement for farmers’ benefit

Integrated farm settlement for farmers’ benefit
APC, Y. Kikheto addressing the press conference held on Saturday at Mokokchung. (NP)
Correspondent MOKOKCHUNG, SEPT 19 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/19/2020 1:28:48 PM IST
Government is encouraging the people on “integrated farm settlement”, where agri & allied departments can converge for the common benefits of the farmers, said agriculture production commissioner (APC), Y Kikheto Sema on Saturday. 
Kikheto said this while addressing a press conference at the Mokokchung Commissioner’s Rest House. His team is currently touring the 3 districts of Zunheboto, Longleng and Mokokchung to oversee the NEC projects. 
Kikheto expressed satisfaction at the progress of the projects and said that COVID-19 has been a blessing in disguise, so far as agriculture was concerned. He said that the pandemic has shifted the focus of the people towards the need for agri & allied self-sufficiency. The commissioner stated that proper marketing sheds with basic amenities should be set up for the farmers to sale their produces. He further encouraged the farmers to go for winter cropping and to harness water harvesting. Further, he advised the farmers to plant “what the market demands” and that each district headquarters would be provided with soil testing laboratory for the purpose of efficient farming. Remarking that more than 1.90 lakh farmers in Nagaland were registered under PM Kisan scheme with an amount of 2.70 crores, deposited in their accounts, Kikheto also mentioned that “bogus farmers beneficiaries”, would be vetted out.
Earlier on September 16, Y. Kikheto Sema visited Food Processing Centre at Mokokchung. According to DIPR report, the APC informed that NSAMB was coming up with an organic air conditioned market with 500 MT cold storage, 5 MT reefers vans and trucks, a first of its kind in Northeast. He mentioned that the objective of AC market was to bridge the gap between farmers and market by creating stable marketing channels throughout the year.
Executive officer, NSSMB, Benri Mozhui added that at present, APMC Kohima in association with Kohima municipal co-operation has set up daily organic market near TCP gate where fresh organic produce from all neighbouring villages are sold and that, APMC Baghty was doing the same on a weekly basis.
The team also arrived at Mangkolemba on September 16 and visited the regional & state requirements of Fire & Emergency Service at Merepkiyong Mokokchung, construction of Government Higher Secondary and hostel building at Sungratsu village, construction of Khumbani stadium at Mangkolemba and the coffee plantation at Khar village.
APC was accompanied by chief engineer Water Resources, Er. Hotovi Ayemi, SE PWD (R&B), Er. Hozheto, assistant development commissioner, Neigutole Zhasa and executive officer NSAMB, Benri Mozhui. 

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