Nagaland Govt. motivates farmers in marketing organic produce.
Town (pop., 2001: 77,030), capital of Nagaland state, northeastern India. It lies near the northern border of Manipur state in the Naga Hills. It marked the farthest point of the Japanese advance into British India during World War II and was held briefly by Japanese , Sep.21 (ANI): To promote organic agri-business in Nagaland, the State horticulture horticulture [Lat. hortus=garden], science and art of gardening and of cultivating fruits, vegetables, flowers, and ornamental plants. Horticulture generally refers to small-scale gardening, and agriculture to the growing of field crops, usually on a large department has undertaken several initiatives to encourage farmers to take up organic farming organic farming, the practice of raising plants—especially fruits and vegetables, but ornamentals as well—without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers. .
The Department of Horticulture of Nagaland is working closely with farmers in Mokokchung district Mokokchung is a district of Nagaland state in India. Mokokchung is its Headquarter.
The administrative headquarters of Mokokchung district is located at Mokokchung town and the head of administration is Deputy Commissioner. . Recently, a sales day of organic tomatoes and chillies was organized in Kohima.
The objective was to encourage farmers and help them find a market for their organic produce.
10,000 kilograms of tomatoes and 2,000 kgs of chillies were brought from Longkhum and Longsa villages, about 182 and 170 kms from Kohima respectively.
Tomatoes were sold at Rs.30 per kg, while chilies were sold at Rs.25 per kg.
"In Mokokchung we have problems in marketing our produce. So we approached the horticulture department and they are helping us. They have provided us with transport and challans. They have also coordinated with the district administration, the Kohima Chambers of Commerce and Industries and allowed us to sell our produce here," said Rongpang Longpang, a farmer.
"In our village the market is full of such produce, so we are here in Kohima to sell them with the assistance of the state horticulture department and we are grateful to them. All the farmers from the village have come here," said Moa, a farmer.
The State government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is a legal document describing a bilateral or multilateral agreement between parties. It expresses a convergence of will between the parties, indicating an intended common line of action and may not imply a legal commitment. (MoU) with a Bangalore-based International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture (ICCOA) to promote organic agriculture and its trade in the state.
The three-year project would focus on prioritized activities such as training of farmers, plant protection measures, organic certification Organic certification is a certification process for producers of organic food and other organic agricultural products. In general, any business directly involved in food production can be certified, including seed suppliers, farmers, food processors, retailers and restaurants. of crops and market linkages. By Vibou Ganguly (ANI)
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|Date:||Sep 21, 2009|
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