Friday, January 27, 2023

Australian Consulate funded project at Merangkong

The first Direct Aid Program (DAP) project funded by Australian Consulate and implemented at Merangkong Village under Mokokchung district was inspected by Australia Consul-General Kolkata, Rowan Ainsworth on November 29.
A press release by Nagaland Development Outreach (NDO) informed that the project, “Improving Food Production through Green Technology” under DAP was being implemented by NDO, the development wing of Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) in convergence with the Divisional Management Unit, Nagaland Forest Management Unit, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) funded, Mokokchung district.
During the visit, Rowan appreciated the working culture of the tribal people, and added that such practices should be able to sustain a person. While preserving the old practices, she said one should be able to adopt new technology-based methods to yield more outputs.
She said DAP should focus more on women empowerment for sustainable livelihood and further encouraged the women folks to participate actively in the process.
Divisional Forest Officer, Mokokchung, Dr Sentitula thanked the NDO and encouraged both the parties to go hand in hand to create more impacts in the future. She briefly highlighted the Nagaland Forest Management Project (NFMP) implemented in different villages under Mokokchung district and appreciated the Australian consulate for giving the support to the villages in ways of agricultural and horticultural activities.
NDO board chairman, Dr. Major. Mughavi Y. Sema highlighted the role of NDO in community development, and encouraged the communities to carry forward the project learnings and intervention to other villages and also adapt the skills to remain self-sustaining.
Team Leader of the Field NGO, Akumtoshi Lkr gave a short presentation on the various activities undertaken in the project.
At the welcoming programme, NDO director, Rev. C. Amop Noklang, Merangkong Village Chairman thanked the visiting consulate and team. The programme was attended by members of village council Merangkong, JFMC, SHGs and other beneficiaries.
Meanwhile, NDO has informed that the one-year project targeted over 100 beneficiaries at Merangkong village with the main objective of achieving sustainability in the village by addressing food security, poverty and conservation. It was a community-based intervention where the JFMC, farmers and Self-Help Groups were strengthened to take ownership in carrying forward the programme activities.

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