Dimapur, October 7: A team of officers of FOCUS-Nagaland (Fostering Climate Resilient Farming Systems in the North East -Nagaland) project lead by APC and Mission Director, Y. KikhetoSema, IAS and S. Tainiu, Joint Secretary and State Project Director held a joint meeting with officials of IFAD (International Fund for Agriculture Development) lead by the Country Director, Asia and the Pacific Division, Dr. Han Ulac Demirag at the UN House, New Delhi on October 7.
During review of project activities it was highlighted that the project was hindered by various issues mainly due of the COVID-19 pandemic. Y. KikhetoSema also drew attention to the drought like situation in the State and said that the food security cannot be ensured without water security.
The other main issue discussed during the meeting was the delay in the reimbursement of funds which is adversely affecting the project implementation. The IFAD officials emphasized that procedures has to be followed for timely release and it was agreed that both parties shall coordinate with each other in order to resolve the issues.
With regard to the advance grant, IFAD officials advised the project team to request the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance.
The IFAD support project FOCUS – Nagaland is being implemented in Nagaland since 2018-19 covering 645 villages of 8 districts. The FOCUS project team is currently in discussion with the funding agency to include the 3 remaining hill districts of Noklak, Tuensang and Peren, informed a release issued by S Tainiu, joint secretary (Agri) & SPD, FOCUS, Nagaland. (Page News Service)