DIMAPUR, DECEMBER 21: Nagaland Government has once again urged farmers in the State to replace traditional farming with “improved modern farming practices” to adapt to the changing climate scenario.
Towards this, the Agriculture Production Commissioner, Y Kikheto Sema issued a ‘Farmers’ Advisory’ on Tuesday.
It suggested conserving or preserving the top hill and steep areas of the landscape/watershed which would serve as recharging zone for the benefit of availing moisture at the downstream areas. “Conservation of the hill tops would immensely help not only to cope with the water stress issues and augment crop productivity but stabilise the ecological fragile areas and prevent landslides”, it stated.
“Adopt diversification of crops by cultivating climate resilient crops and mixed cropping in order to cope with uncertainty of climatic factors, so that farmers safeguard themselves against mono crop culture failure.
“The farmers may also convert their jhum plots to alternative farming like cash crops such as vegetable, fruit crops, agro-forestry, coffee, large cardamom, tree plantation, etc. Identify potential areas for settled farming near the water bodies and emphasise on spring shed approach, catchment area treatment and other similar intervention etc.”, it stated.
As committed during the drought-like situation, the State Government through the Department of Agriculture, Horticulture and FOCUS project, has distributed seeds to almost all villages in the State, it stated.
“The Government may not be able to provide required seeds at all times, therefore, the farming community are advised to revive the age-old tradition of preservation & management of seeds by preserving the best mother plant and its produce for seed storage. The mothers and women are urged to continue to be the best ‘Seed Keepers'”, it added.
Reminding that Soil Testing Laboratories have been established in 11 districts, with Mini Soil Testing Labs expected to be set up in all the 74 blocks, the farmers were advised to avail the facility to test the soil and ascertain the soil health status so that Officers and Scientists of the Agri & Allied Depts, KVKs, etc. can guide them to manage the soil and manage other soil amendment.
(Page News Service)