Naga tree tomato workshop held

Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 29 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/29/2019 11:41:01 AM IST

A Naga Tree Tomato Workshop on post Geographical Identification (GI) activities for farmers was organized by the North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing (NERAMAC) Limited, supported by North Eastern council (NEC), at Hotel Japfü, Kohima on March 29.

Department of Horticulture, principal secretary MK Mero, in his address said agriculture produce with the GI tag have an advantage as they can be sold at higher rates. He advised the farmers to form organizations and produce more so that they can send their produce for commercial purposes. According to Mero, the GI tag initiative is supposed to be started by NGOs and farmers and not government departments. There are many agricultural products of the state that qualify for the tag, he stated adding that very soon, cargo facilities will be introduced in Dimapur for the benefit of farmers.

Resource person, Horticulture deputy director, Jerry Patton in his presentation, said that in India, the GI is governed by the GI Tag Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection Act) 1999, and it came into force from September 2003. He highlighted benefits of registering because it confers legal protection, prevents unauthorized use of the registered GI by others, gives legal protection which in turn boosts exports, and promotes economic prosperity of producers in a geographical territory.

Patton said that the first GI in India was given to Darjeeling tea in 2004, the first GI tag in Nagaland was given to “Naga mircha” between April 2008 and March 2009 and “Naga tree tomato” was given the GI tag in April 2014 to March 2015. He also highlighted the medical value of Naga tree tomatos, method of production, commodity description and its uniqueness. Patton stated that the department has proposed 200 hectares of land to promote the Naga chilly and Naga tree tomato. 

Agriculture inspector, Mhalevilie Thorie, giving a slide-show presentation as a resource person, highlighted cultivation practices of tomato, climate requirement, soil requirement, propagation, planting, irrigation, fertilizer, weeding, mulching, pruning, pollination, pest, diseases, harvesting and yield, food use and food value of edible portions.

DAO Kohima Bodevi Shuya, local farmer Puno Yhokha and event coordinator NERAMAC, Archita Sarma also addressed the gathering.

The program was attended by lead farmers, VDB secretaries, farmers, NERAMAC officials, and others. 

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