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CM bats for dragon fruits plantation

Monday, 25 September 2017 13:05
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Dimapur, September 24: Chief Minister TR Zeliang has advocated plantation of dragon fruits at Mhaikam village and its surrounding areas, while professing that the fruit has the commercial potentials to invigorate the fragile economy of the people of the area. 

Addressing the inaugural function of the Mhaikam Village gate and rostrum on Saturday, the Chief Minister said that the Mhaikam and its neighbouring villages has sufficient land with suitable climate for large scale dragon fruit plantation, which can be made commercially viable for economic upliftment.

With the increasing demand for dragon fruit in the markets because of its health value and taste, large scale plantation of the fruit will transform people's economy if it can be carry out in planned manner, he stated. 

Citing instances of success stories on dragon fruit plantations at Mhaikam Village and displaying the fruit sample before the gathering, the chief minister said that the fruit produce at Mhaikam and its surrounding areas are of better quality with better taste and higher nutrition content has an immense commercial potential in both domestic and international market.

The Chief Minister also propounded that for sustainable economy, a time has come for villagers to shift their way of farming from less productive cultivations like planting teak trees in the arable land which occupies large areas for long period of time without any returns to cash crops farming which will give economic benefits within a short span of time.  

 The ongoing railway project and the proposed national highway along Mhaikam and its surrounding villages has brightened the prospect of the area becoming one of the economic hub of the state, the Chief Minister said. He, however, reminded the villagers that it will largely depend on how judiciously they utilize their land through proper planning, efficient management system and suitable agricultural technologies.

This is not the time to fight or encroach upon each upon each land and create misunderstanding among different community, but understand its potentials and utility through peaceful means for mutual progress and prosperity, the chief minister added.   (Page News Service) 


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