Sunday, October 2, 2022

Programme on export promotion of organic food

DIMAPUR: Indian Chamber of Commerce in association with Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) organised programme on “Export Promotional Marketing Development of Organic Food Products from North East” on at Hotel Saramati, Dimapur on the theme “Governance for Growth”, on Thursday.
According to a DIPR report, principal secretary & agriculture production commissioner (APC), Y. Kikheto Sema said the region was blessed with all agro-climatic conditions and huge prospects of organic farming.
He said that the North East region had a total area of 18.37 million, out of which 5.5 million Ha was cultivated land.Kikheto however said organic farming covered only 3%.
He mentioned that APEDA being the forerunner for the organic sector in the country, immense progress was made in the past few years along with ICC.
The APC informed that in organic AC market at Agri Expo, 235 MT i.e., 2.35 lakh kg of organic products of vegetables were sold within a year, post-pandemic.
Farmer Hostel of 120 capacity at Agri Expo would be completed by the end of 2022 or early part of 2023 he informed.
He also disclosed that ginger was one of the best and huge production in Nagaland and that the Spices Board of India and the department had set a pipeline for ginger auction in Dimapur.
Meanwhile, joint director, ICAR Research Complex, Dr. Dipjyoti Rajkhowa said North East state was gifted with enormous resources, fertile land and rich bio-diversity, however, due to remoteness, marginality and inaccessibility up till now, sustain resources for economic upliftment were not met.
He said there was a need for strategic change in policies and approachable activities as a concern of hilly eco-system.
The farmers are facing the challenges of doing everything manually, not being aware of marketing, storage, or packaging, he pointed out.
Dr. Dipjyoti Rajkhowa said another concern was certification mechanism, intervention of certification could export a large amount of production.
He mentioned that awareness should be of utmost strategy that needs to be implemented among educated youth and farmers.
During the technical session, resource persons were director, Department of Horticulture, Dr. E. Lotha; additional director, department of Agriculture, Nyenghong Phom; joint director, Industries & Commerce, Lipongse Thongtsar; joint director & HOO, MSME Di, ministry of MSME, Tali Longchar; senior field officer, Spices Board of India, Vevotalu Rhakho; senior marketing officer-in-charge (DMI), Tapash Bhattacharjee; regional head, Small Farmers Agri-Business Consortium, Santosh Das.
Representatives of state and union governments, FPOs, progressive farmers, food processing entrepreneurs consumer organisations, organised industry buyers and experts policymakers conducted a brainstorming session during the seminar-cum-buyer-seller meet.