DIMAPUR, JANUARY 12: A Memorandum of Agreement for transfer of technology on bio fertilizers and bio pesticide and development of industry incubation systems was signed between the Central Agriculture University (CAU), Imphal, and the Soil and Water Conservation Department, Government of Nagaland, on January 12 in the office chamber of Agriculture Production Commissioner Nagaland, Y Kikheto Sema.
The APC in his introductory remark mentioned that in Nagaland 70 % of the population living in the rural areas depends on agriculture and allied activities ~ out of this 73% are engaged in jhum/shifting cultivation and 27% are engaged in settled farming. The traditional way of cultivation i.e. jhum is not found to be economically viable and ecologically sustainable; therefore the Government of Nagaland is looking towards sustainable livelihood of our farmers.
The State Government is happy that the Union Government has sanctioned 2 BFPU and 10 units under consideration in this financial year. And in this regard, the State Government is in need of experts for efficient implementation. The Government is happy that the MoA is being signed for the same, he said.
Dr. S Basanta Singh, Director of Research, CAU (Imphal), Manipur, in his address mentioned that signing of MoA is a historic moment for both the parties as this was the first time an agreement was signed between the Central Agriculture University, Imphal, and Government of Nagaland.
Prof. DwipendraThakuria, CAU-CPGSAS, Umiam, who is the technical expert, gave a brief presentation on 3 technologies being transferred: CAU Bioenhancer (A microbial consortium for Terrace and Valley Lands); CAU Jhum Bio enhancer (A microbial consortium for mixed crops of Jhum Fields) and Um-Met: A Liquid bio formulation of a potential indigenous entomopathogens Metarhiziumanisopliae.
It was agreed that the University and the State Government will coordinate and cooperate even for other programmes in the future for the benefit of the farmers in the State.
(Page News Service)