Nagaland Horticulture Technical Association (NHTA) organised a horticulture conference at Capital Convention Centre, here on Thursday.
Speaking at the conference as special guest, advisor for Horticulture & Border Affairs, Mhathung Yanthan challenged the employees of the department to give more effort in their profession as they deal with the livelihood of the general population.
The advisor said people’s hope on the department and its employees were high and therefore the responsibility that arises out of it should be dealt with sincerity and dedication. Drawing a comparison on the days when he joined government service in 1981 and now, he said back then, the employees were sincere although they did not have modern facilities like the present employees.
He said back in those days, government servants attended office regularly, however, the situation had now turned upside down and employees hardly attended office or performed their assigned duties.
Urging upon the members of NHTA to make the best use of technology, he advised them to be creative, innovative and strive to make the lives of the people better economically, especially in terms of food productivity.
‘Create markets for food produces’
The advisor pointed out that many mountain states were doing well especially in fruit production, earning huge revenue and that Nagaland also had the potential to emulate those good qualities if the employees dedicated themselves in ensuring productivity.
He encouraged the employees to create market for food produces which would boost production from the farmers’ end as they were ready to grow all kinds of food products.
He also pointed out that there was a need to do away with old, redundant and unproductive practices followed by the department and rather come up with new ones which would yield better results.
Yanthan maintained that line departments should also develop the habit of sharing information and knowledges that were productive.
He also viewed that developing cooperation and mutual understanding among sister departments would help them learn from each other.
The conference was chaired by Horticulture department, director, Dr Elithung Lotha while New Capital Complex Baptist Church pastor, Bendagtemsü offered the invocation. Keynote address was delivered by commissioner and secretary, Anenla T Sato and special numbers were presented by Garden band and DHO, Kiphire, Sentinungba.
Earlier, SASRD Medziphema, Nagaland University, dean, Prof. Akali Sema was the theme speaker while Integrated Mountain Initiative, Guwahati, vice president, Amba Jamir gave a motivational talk. The sessions were compered by Roasenla Ozükum and joint director, Meyasashi proposed the vote of thanks.