State horti officers meet central officials

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 3/3/2020 12:33:32 PM IST

State commissioner and secretary, Horticulture, Y. Kikheto Sema and director of Horticulture, Dr. R. Elithung Lotha met special secretary, Vasudha Mishra, joint secretary & mission director MIDH, Rajbir Singh and horticulture commissioner, ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, government of India, Dr BNS Murthy on March 2 at Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi.

At the meeting the officials discussed various matters and issues related to implementation of CSS programmes in Nagaland. 

Kikheto Sema while acknowledging the Union Ministry for the support to the state’s farmers through various programs, requested the ministry officials to make the program guidelines and cost norms more farmers friendly particularly for the north east region.

He also raised the importance of easy availability of quality planting materials for the successful plantation. 

The issue of assured irrigation facilities by providing water harvesting structures was discussed during the meeting.

The ministry officials assured to look into the issues which were raised during the meeting. State Horticulture officials also had an interaction with the chairman and managing director of National Seed Corporation, Vinod Kumar Kaur and discussed regarding necessary tie up for procurement of quality seed materials.

Later, Sema accompanied the special secretary, Vasudha Mishra and visited High Tech Horticulture Centre & Precision Farming Development Centre (PFDC) at Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI)/ PUSA Institute New Delhi.

The team also held an on the field interactions with group of farmers from Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan especially on the adoption of micro irrigation systems and cultivation of crops under Poly house in farmers’ fields. 

Sema and Dr Lotha also visited the ongoing Farmers’ Mela & Exhibition at IARI/ PUSA Complex.

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