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Zelome village declared ‘Ground Apple Growing Village’

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 2/11/2020 11:47:10 AM IST

Zelome village under Phek district was declared as “ground apple growing village” on February 11. The declaration programme was jointly organised by the village council Zelome and Officers’ Club Pfutsero.

According to DIPR, Phuleshe K Yepthomi, ADC Pfutsero in his exhortation speech said that Naga forefathers were self-sufficient and that farmers of Zelome village were modern examples of this as they thrive without any assistance from the government. He also encouraged the farmers to cultivate the crop without depending on government subsidies but by relying on the new technologies.
Dr. Lhishelo, SMO, Pfutsero spoke on the health benefits of ground apple and said that regular consumption of ground apple improves the immune system and digestion. He added that diabetic and cancer patients can also consume this juicy vegetable and that it was also good for liver and heart.
Dr. lmtionen, SDAO Pfutsero highlighted on the organic cultivation tips on ground apple which can be grown easily on loose soil with organic matter and is more drought tolerant than other vegetables. He also mentioned that the crop has a long shelf life and keeping quality and the leaves after harvest can be used as organic matter. 
Speaking on the occasion, guest of honour, Senti Longchar, horticulture officer, HRF, Pfutsero said that ground apple was a very nutritious food and that every farmer should be encouraged to grow it in their field because it is a fast growing, remunerative and an easy to maintain crop. He also requested the farmers to market it at an affordable price so everyone can enjoy this nutritious food. Other officers present during the programme were SDO (civil) Chizami, BDO Pfutsero and Khezhakeno EAC. About 150 households were involved in cultivation of ground apple.

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