Sunday, November 27, 2022

Agriculture, MSMEs way out for Nagaland: Governor

Staff Reporter

Governor of Nagaland and Assam Prof Jagdish Mukhi said micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and agriculture were two areas where Naga youth could focus for economic development of Nagaland.
Addressing the inaugural programme of the three-day National Innovate Integrate Expand (NIIE) Trade Fair organised by Business Association of Nagas (BAN) and supported by the Union Ministry of MSME at Agri Expo Centre, 4th Mile here on Thursday under the theme “Innovate, Integrate, Expand”, Prof. Mukhi cited the examples of Punjab and Haryana that had developed by focusing on agriculture and MSMEs.
He said those who had capital for investment could enter into MSME sector, while those that did not could develop their ancestral lands into farmlands and use modern agriculture technology. “It is because of the combination of MSMEs and agriculture that Punjab and Haryana have developed in the country,” he claimed. He urged Naga youth not to look for jobs on contractual basis, including Grade IV contractual jobs, after postgraduation, lamenting that this was a trend in the State and termed it “unfortunate”.
Terming the land of Nagaland as most fertile, he reasoned that youth taking up agriculture or MSME would not only provide self-employment, but also provide jobs for others, and considered this as the way out for Nagaland. “Nagaland has a young population. Naga youth today should take up entrepreneurship and create jobs. There are many schemes under the Union Ministry of MSME and initiatives by the Central and State governments that can be availed by young entrepreneurs,” he remarked.
He claimed that after taking over as governor of Nagaland, he had instructed the State government to close all illegal check gates and collection centres run by unscrupulous elements that were putting an extra burden on business community in particular and public in general.
He hoped that this would create a conducive atmosphere for ease of doing business in the State.
Meanwhile, terming NIIE as unique event, Mukhi said besides trade fairs, a business summit would be held on November 4 and 5 where topics such as employment, agri-tourism, logistics, business financing and women entrepreneurship would be discussed.
He maintained that the objective of the country’s economic reforms and policies was to eliminate poverty and improve prosperity of ordinary families. He stressed that trade must help common people as they were the ultimate stakeholders.
He also spoke on the Central government’s key initiatives like Make in India, Digital India, Start-up India, Stand-up India, Skill India, Smart Cities and the resolve to increase farmers’ incomes. He claimed that through all these an attempt was being made to make economic reforms more meaningful to people at the grassroots.
Mukhi observed that MSMEs had emerged as an important and dynamic sector of Indian economy, adding that it not only played a crucial role in providing huge employment opportunities but also helped in industrialisation of rural and backward areas, thereby reducing regional imbalances, which assured more equitable distribution of national income and wealth.
“Trade fairs like this help to showcase the vibrancy of the MSME sector,” he added.
The governor acknowledged the Union Ministry of MSME and BAN for coming together and organising such an important and meaningful event, adding that the State government should continue to support such events organised by local industry bodies.
On the occasion, he also launched a website of MSME-Development & Facilitation Office.
The governor also inaugurated the exhibition stalls where around 137 stalls had been set up by participants from various parts of the country including Manipur, Assam, Delhi etc. The event will culminate on November 5.
Meanwhile, delivering the welcome address, joint director MSME Development & Facilitation Office Dimapur, Ministry of MSME, Taliwati Longchar explained that the main objectives of the event were to promote local products and services and create market linkages by engaging both buyers and sellers.
He hoped that the programme would promote new market access to all participating MSMEs of both manufacturing and service sectors of the Northeast.
Earlier, the programme was chaired by BAN general secretary Dr Yan Murry, while a Lotha traditional folk dance was presented by North East Zone Cultural Centre, Dimapur. The singing of national anthem was led by students of Hope Academy and vote of thanks offered by trade fair convener Benthungo Kithan.

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