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Hi-tech production unit inaugurated in Dmu

Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JAN 23 (NPN)
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Published on 23 Jan. 2018 11:49 PM IST
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 Hi-tech vegetables seedlings production unit was inaugurated at state horticulture nursery, Dimapur by additional secretary DAC & FW, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare, GOI, Jalaj Shrivastava on Tuesday as chief guest.
Chief guest in his speech encouraged the gathering to be pro-active in coping with the variation of seasons and weather patterns, since minor variant of season has been changing all round the globe.
On the economic point of view, Jalaj stated that crops have become highly competitive with the increase in the number of growers, whereby he said that the quality of crops and the price should be accurate, balanced and affordable.
Jalaj also pointed out that products reaching the market should be presentably packaged and priced in-order to minimize wastage and to improve the product consistently.
Jalaj called upon the department to put more initiative/attention towards mushroom cultivation and to put more effort on fisheries in state horticulture nursery, Dimapur.
Chairing the inaugural programme, secretary to government of Nagaland, Alan Gonmei said that Nagaland with its diverse nature of soil and climatic conditions favored the cultivation of myriad horticultural crops both under open and protected condition.  He added that the vagaries of nature however played a crucial role in the production of crops which could be managed with hi-tech production technology.
In addition, he said that the productivity level in the state was much below when compared to other advanced states and thus the need to disseminate technology and increase productivity per unit area.
Therefore, keeping this in mind, Gonmei said that department of Horticulture had during 2015-16 under MIDH earmarked Rs 200.00 lakhs for the establishment of a centre for excellence at state horticulture nursery, Dimapur, a premier and major revenue earning sub-establishment of the department spanning an area of about 32 ha where various developmental activities are undertaken each year.
Gonmei also informed the gathering that before works could be initiated for the establishment of the centre of excellence, ministry of Agriculture, GOI decided to discontinue the centre of excellence in all the states. He added that due to import of tones of vegetables from outside the state during off season, there was need for establishing a seedling production unit which would not only ensure availability of quality planting materials all year round but would also improve productivity and the income of the farmers.
Therefore, he said that the proposal for establishing the V-type automatic seedling production unit at state horticulture nursery, Dimapur in lieu of the centre of excellence was laid down by the department before the State Level Executive Committee (SLEC) for MIDH headed by the state agriculture production commissioner as the chairman. As such, after approval by the state the work for establishment was allotted to M/S Saveer Biotech Ltd, New Delhi.
Gonmei was of the view that with the establishment of the V-type automatic seedling production unit, first of its kind in the state, the farmers and the state would have access to high quality planting materials on consistent and predictable basis. He added that this would also allow planning production all year round with accurate prediction of harvest date, freeing the farmers and department the pressure and complexity of transplant production.
Earlier, welcome and keynote address, director of Horticulture, Dr. R. Elithung Lotha and vote of thanks was proposed by deputy director of Horticulture, Jerry Patton.

 
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