Nagaland is all set to celebrate “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” at Agri Expo, at Chümoukedima on May 2.
The programme, which would commemorate the 75th year of India’s independence is being organised by state Agri and Allied departments under the aegis of the ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) and North East Council (NEC).
Informing this to the media at a press conference held in the Nagaland State Agriculture Marketing Board (NSAMB) conference hall, Agriculture Production Commissioner (APC), Y. Kikheto Sema said the same would be celebrated throughout the North East states from a date between April 28-May 4 with different themes.
He informed that Nagaland would be celebrating the event on the theme, “Monetizing Agri-Horti and Organic Potentials of NE through Value Chain Development”.
He informed that the celebration in the state would witness inauguration of Community Market Complex (CMC) at NE Agri Expo, by chief minister, Neiphiu Rio while minister of state for DoNER & Cooperation, B.L Verma would be inaugurating the Naturally Nagaland Exhibition stalls, a brand consisting of all organic natural products produced in Nagaland.
He said the CMC with a housing capacity of 66 stalls and a café was expected to create employment opportunities for around 150 young entrepreneurs to sell organic products through CMC with nominal rents.
APC further informed that although the official celebration was only for May 2, the exhibition of “Naturally Nagaland” stalls would continue till May 3 for the benefit of the public.
When asked on export of products from the state, CEO, NSAMB, G Ikuto Zhimomi informed that all the products were conditioned to be tested by the agencies.
Meanwhile, on being questioned why local markets were not captured and the organic products exported, Zhimomi replied that only surplus products were exported such as ginger, orange, kiwi, etc.
He added that products of lower quantities were primarily focused to be sold in the local market.
The NSAMB CEO also informed that the AC market since its inauguration on December 8, 2020 procured around 305 Metric Tonnes (MT) of organic vegetables and fruits from the state farmers, which have been exported.