Thursday, February 2, 2023

Nagaland: World Bank team calls on CM

On the last day of Technical Mission, World Bank team made a courtesy call on Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio on Thursday and apprised him on their field visit to Boke-Botsa, Naga Integrated Settled Farming (NiSF) and jhum field in Tseminyu district.
The World Bank officials appreciated the traditional knowledge and practices at Boke-Botsa, which was unique and could be emulated and replicated as one of the best practices. The team appreciated the prompt response of the State Core and Technical Team led by agriculture production commissioner (APC) Y Kikheto Sema.
On the observation made by the team, the chief minister advised the bank officials to assist in creating a sustainable design and also to strategise the implementation process by incorporating an appropriate holistic landscape approach.
For settled agriculture and other income-generating activities, he emphasised availability of sufficient water source as a primary need, adding that water management component for hilly areas too should be included in the planning phase.
He noted that enabling access to market to reduce dependency on imports would be a critical factor that would enhance the livelihood and sustainability of stakeholders.
The World Bank Team also paid a courtesy visit to Agriculture & Cooperation minister, G Kaito Aye, besides calling on state chief secretary, J. Alam.
The chief secretary told the team that if a project was taken up in an integrated and cluster approach, the activities would be self-sustainable. He pointed out that social capital was strong in the state and could be utilised to the best advantage for ELEMENT project.
He acknowledged that water was an issue in the state and water management and conservation would have to be addressed.
The day ended with a wrap-up meeting to discuss the way forward between World Bank Technical Mission Team and Core and Technical Committee of ELEMENT at the conference room of APC. This was stated in a DIPR press release.

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