Conference-cum-buyer seller meet in Dimapur

Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAR 11 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/11/2021 1:48:51 PM IST

Conference-cum-buyer seller meet for agriculture and horticulture crops was held at Hotel Saramati, Dimapur on March 11, organised by department of Agriculture, Government of Nagaland, and sponsored by Agriculture and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA). 

Addressing the gathering, agriculture production commissioner (APC), Y Kikheto Sema said that Nagaland was the right state for buyers to invest and tie up, stating that the North East Region of India was considered as the organic hub the country was looking for and that the region provides not only the best fruits and vegetables, but also provides the best ecological services.

According to the APC, major hindrance faced by the department was the system of land holding in the state, and cultivation system, maintaining that almost 80% of Nagas reside in rural areas, of which 78%were engaged in agriculture. Here, he added that those engaged in agriculture mostly practicing traditional cultivation, known as Shifting and Jhum cultivation. He said that both systems have found to be economically less vital and ecologically less sustainable. 

He added that the department had conducted several discussions whether to stop the practice of traditional way of cultivation, whereby he maintained that it was not possible since all traditional folk songs, folklores and many other traditional significances were derived from traditional cultivation practices.

He however stated that the department had decided to encourage practice of traditional cultivation, keeping in mind of improved cultivation known as Naga Model Integrated Settled Farming, where water availability should be present. 

He added that the department had requested GOI to focus on water availability for sustainability of agricultural cultivation.

Delivering an overview of Nagaland organic, additional director agriculture, S Kivikhu Achumi, pointed out that there was growing demand for organic crops in the market, mainly from outside state, where organically grown crops of Nagaland was needed to be accompanied by better value chain management and improved access to markets, so that farmers were able to realise the potential. 

He added that food processing was the need of the hour so as to add value, reduce bulk and increase shelf life to make access to external markets. Achumi informed that department of agri and horti has 18 registered FPO’s/FPC’s under MOVCDNER, covering 13,000 ha. 

He also informed that to facilitate marketing access under the ownership of Grower’s Organisation, GoN had registered the brand “Naga Organic”, where FPO’s and entrepreneurs under the mission had already started selling their produces/products under the brand name. 

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