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Seminar on agricultural schemes held in Dimapur

Seminar on agricultural schemes held in Dimapur
Horticulture department director, Dr. R. Elithung Lotha delivering his speech at the seminar. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, SEP 7 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/7/2018 12:08:20 PM IST

To propagate the central ministry’s schemes, specially the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana (PMKSY), a seminar was organized by Federation of Industry and Commerce of North Eastern Region (FINER) on Friday, at Hotel Lake Shilloi, Dimapur.

Speaking at the program as chief speaker, Nagaland department of horticulture director, Dr. R Elithung Lotha, thanked FINER members for organizing the seminar in the commercial hub Dimapur to spread awareness of the programmes of the GOI.

He spoke about the many natural disasters that affected road linkages and transport, but he also expressed optimism saying that programs such as the seminar showed positive efforts to help farmers.

On industry, creation of national infrastructure, expansion and capacity of available infrastructure, he said that we need to remember the need for raw materials to feed the industry. At the same time even if there is production, unless there are arrangements for proper handling, the production itself will only be half done, Lotha said.

In view of this, he said processing, post crop harvest management and post harvest technology become as important as production. 

Lotha also highlighted the need for industry to progress in the NER, especially in Nagaland.

He pointed out that production alone would not help without plans to process, pack and find markets for the produced goods.

According to Lotha, under Mission Organic Value Chain Development (MOVCD) Nagaland State will cultivate 800 acres of organic pineapple, 500 acres of large cardamom, 500 acres of ginger which will be certified by next year. 200 acres will come under various other organic programs.

FINER manager projects Amitabh Ray presented a slideshow on FINER and Sampada scheme. He also highlighted the objectives of the Sampada scheme, which are the creation of processing capacities and modernisation/expansion of existing food processing units with a view to increase the level of processing value addition leading to reduction of waste. The setting up of new units and modernisation/expansion of existing units are covered under the scheme which is implemented through organizations such as central & state PSUs, joint ventures, Farmer Organizations (FPOs), NGOs, cooperatives, SHGs, Pvt Ltd companies and individual proprietorship firms. Proposals for seeking assistance under the scheme are invited through expression of interest from time to time, he added. 

Nagaland Bee Keeping and Honey Mission (NBHM) Dimapur team member Chubanungla Shilu shared the success story of NBHM through a power point presentation where she also highlighted the upcoming projects of NBHM.    

Department of Industries and Commerce (DIC), Dimapur functional manager Rarenbenla also shared some DIC activities such as PMEGP, registration of units under MSME and handloom weaving under Mudra scheme.

Earlier, the welcome speech was delivered by FINER deputy director general, Rajeev Goswami. Later, a vote of thanks was delivered by FINER executive projects Tabrez Khan. 

 

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