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NHB awareness programme

NHB awareness programme
Resource person with officers of Horticulture department and others. (NP)
Staff reporter DIMAPUR, FEB 11 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/11/2020 11:43:15 AM IST

National Horticulture Board (NHB) organised an awareness programme-cum-capacity building workshop at State Horticulture Nursery (SHN) Green Park on Tuesday.

While addressing the farmers and self-help groups, Imrongtemsu, joint director, SHN maintained that Nagaland has a plethora of resources and Nagas should use these to their full potential. He also said that most of the people do it for home consumption but what was even more important was farming for business.

Further, he thanked resource person, Navanita Baruah Mahanta, senior horticulture officer, NHB Guwahati for visiting the farmers and SHGs and hoped that what she addresses would be informative to the people.

During her scheme presentation, Navanita informed that the main objective of commercial horticulture was to help educate the local people that they can go beyond kitchen gardening and be commercialised as well because new technologies are being adapted to make lives easier.

While talking about NHB, Navanita informed that they give a subsidy and their project is credit-linked. “For Northeast region, the maximum ceiling limit is 37.5 lacs. You can come up with integrated post harvesting management project like ripening chamber, refer banks, retail outlet, pre-processing like jam, pickles etc.” she added.

Navanita also talked about schemes like the development of commercial horticulture, where the requirements were development in open field conditions including components for planting materials, plantation, irrigation, etc and the cost norms were up to 75 lacs.

While talking about her experiences with commercialising organic Nagaland products at fairs and stalls, she said that the demands were so high that the products are sold off in minutes. She stressed on the importance of practicing good agriculture practices and added that the locals should have an understanding of the right minerals and requirements for certain plants. 

“To make your project eligible under NHB schemes, you have to approach your village council, where he will give you a land possession certificate (LPC), and once you get the LPC, you need to have it authenticated by your land revenue department. With that application you have to upload the detail project report (DPR) of the very project you are setting up”, Navanita said while talking about acquiring an area for farming and plantation.

Further, she maintained that Nagaland was abundant in soil, minerals, good climate and that the locals should get most out of these resources.

Earlier, Temsu Longkumer, DHO Dimapur chaired the programme and vote of thanks was delivered by Akumienla, HI. About twenty locals from self help groups and farmers attended the programme. 


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