NEISSR holds seminar on food sustainability

NEISSR holds seminar on food sustainability
Resource persons along with delegates and participants at the seminar at DBIDL, Don Bosco School Campus, Dimapur.
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, FEB 12 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/12/2021 1:20:55 PM IST

A seminar on “Locating food sustainability at grassroots level in the post-Covid specific situation of Nagaland state” was held at DBIDL, Don Bosco School campus, Dimapur, organised jointly by North East institute of Social Sciences and Research (NEISSR) and Peace Channel (PC) Dimapur, on February 12. 

At the seminar, resource person, Khrolhiweu Tsuhah of North East Initiative Development Agency (NEIDA), spoke on the topic “(Re) locating food sustainability at grassroots level with a particular focus on Indigenous seed system in Nagaland”. 

She stressed on the basis of knowledge of seed system stating that seed knowledge system was an accumulated wealth of knowledge and skill development through practice and collective effort of farmers. 

Speaking on the system of sharing and supply of seeds, she viewed that informal seed supply system was the driving source in sustainable agriculture and local genetic diversity in Nagaland. She also added that the exchange and distribution of seeds varied upon geographical boundaries, cultural systems and social networks. 

She further opined that recognition and need for effective state seed conservation policy towards climate resilient agriculture was needed, and also stressed on the need for research and documentation on Indigenous Technical Knowledge (ITK) and to practice and safeguard traditional agro biodiversity conservation retaining farmers’ right to their biodiversity and traditional knowledge systems. 

She further stressed upon recognition and promotion of women farmers’ contribution to sustainable agriculture through conservation of genetic diversity. 

In the second session, resource person, development consultant, Amba Jamir, spoke on the topic “prospects and challenges of “food for all” vision 2025 in post Covid context of Nagaland”. 

In his address, he shared about the context of the state government, where it strives to achieve food security by 2025, a feasible and economically viable agriculture in the state. 

He further noted that it had seven goals intact, Increase crop production and productivity; Empower and uplift the living standard of farming community; Promote farm mechanization; Achieve Food Security by 2025; Empowerment of small & marginal farmers considering gender equality; Mechanize hill Agriculture; and Resilient Agriculture. 

Quoting state Agriculture and Cooperation minister, G Kaito Aye, who stated “Silent on Agriculture and allied sector”, on the state budget for 2020 to 2021, Jamir stated that even though state government wished to achieve food security by 2025, he lamented that this was a very big concern and that all big talks were not reflected in the budget. In this, he added that most of the central schemes for agri and allied sector was designed mainly to focus on mainland India and very less on the North East region. 

He later added that in the process of all development schemes and programmes, a lot of agriculture land were converted into non agriculture land. 

In regards to institutions and initiatives of the state government, Jamir stated that the state government has three seed farms, Merapani (paddy, other cereals, pulses, oilseeds and spices seeds of improved varieties, Tizit (paddy, mustard, linseed, gram etc.), and Helipong (potato), and several other projects, societies, missions and institutions, such as State Agriculture and Research Centre (SARS), KVK’s, SASRD, etc..

In conclusion, he urged the gathering to start support and eat local.

CEO, NSRLM, Rolan Lotha also spoke and interacted with the delegates and students as resource person.  Assistant General Manager, H.C. Biswas and manager, A.K Gogoi also graced the opening function as special guests. 

Earlier, NEISSR principal, Dr. Fr. C. P. Anto presided over the function and the seminar began with an invocation by NEISSR vice principal, Fr. Latsutho John Poji while key note address was delivered by Dr. Deben Bachaspatimayum. 


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