Thursday, August 18, 2022

APC asks govt to consider state as IPP centre

Staff Reporter

Agricultural production commissioner (APC), & commissioner and secretary to government of Nagaland, Y. Kikheto Sema has appealed to the government of India to consider Nagaland as one of the zonal centres of Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) for the North East with Nagaland being the heart of North East.
The APC was speaking as chief guest, at the capacity training programme on “packaging of fresh and processed food products of Nagaland” organised by IIP and supported by Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), here, on Thursday.
In his address, Kikheto stressed on the need to have a packaging unit in every district as it would enhance the growth rate and value of the products.
He opined that Nagaland and North East as a whole deserved to have a zonal IIP institute so that training could be imparted to the people.
On richness of NE and Nagaland in terms of agri and allied sector, he said NE was a blessed land, favoured with all agro climatic seasons where the products were organic.
He however lamented on the inconveniences in the traditional system of cultivation, stating that it was found to be not as productive as other means that were scientifically proven.
The APC said packaging increased face value of a product and described to consumers what the product was all about.
In this regard, he opined that packaging should be done in ways where consumers get to know about the products just by looking at them and should be named in ways which could be easily remembered.
He dwelt on how the state government along with agri and allied sectors have been trying to uplift the welfare of farmers.
Delivering a brief speech as guest of honour, director of Agriculture, M Ben Yanthan said efforts towards improving livelihood of farmers and broader objective of transforming subsistence agriculture to settled farming including prime minister’s vision of doubling farmers’ income would be substantially achieved once they reach the level of processing and packaging of the agriculture produces.
In this regard, he said that the farmers have become players in the competitive food market with their surplus and quality production, higher productivity and adopting new technology interventions both in inputs and management.
He also added that the department was presently concentrating on production processes with funding from government of India, however, he said the future of agriculture production was at stake particularly due to threats of climate change and its impact on food production system especially organic agriculture, livelihood issues and the environment.
Yanthan asked all to work out suitable strategy for adaptation in combating adverse effects of climate change and to focus on climate resilient varieties or crops with high value in ensuring food security and economic benefits.
In order to facilitate active marketing access under ownership of Growers Organisation, Yanthan said the state government has registered the brand “Naga Organic”.
He expressed hope that packaging of organic produces and processed products along with the branding would go a long way in fetching premium price and easy marketing access, simultaneously enhancing profitability of farmers’ produce.
Earlier, welcome address was delivered by deputy director and branch head, IIP Koklata Centre, Bidhan Das, and vote of thanks was proposed by assistant director, IIP Koklata Centre, Rishu Gautam.
Short speeches were also delivered by joint director and HoO, MSME-DI, Taliwati Longchar and director of Horticulture, Dr R Elithung Lotha.


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