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APC Nagaland highlights farmers’ need for technology

APC VC meeting with Additional Secretary Ministry of Agriculture Farmers Welfare
APC VC meeting with Additional Secretary Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare

Dimapur, September 16: A video conference meeting was held on September 16 in the office chamber of APC, Nagaland under the chairmanship of Vivek Aggarwal, Additional Secretary (Digital Agriculture), Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, for the project proposal submitted under the National e-Governance plan (NeGPA)/Digital Mission Agriculture (DAM) for 2021-22titled ‘Soil & Water Resource Management and Meteorological Analysis and Forecasting System Using Remote Sensing, GIS Mapping, Drone and Emerging Technologies’, submitted by the Government of Nagaland.

Y Kikheto Sema, APC, congratulated the Ministry for the innovative digital MoU with 5 firms to provide various farmers advisory services, launched by the Union Ministry on September 15.
He particularly congratulated Additional Secretary (Digital Agriculture) and the digital team for their commendable services to the farming community. He gave a brief introduction to the proposal being forwarded, and thanked the Ministry for sanctioning Soil Testing Labs in all districts and mini labs in all 74 blocks.
He also stated that the farmers in the State still practice a traditional form of agriculture and there is a need to incorporate modern and emerging technologies in order to transform the agriculture sector of the State by adopting settled/permanent agriculture.
He highlighted that the rapid change in climatic conditions such as rainfall pattern, temperature etc., is leading to drought like situation and emergence of pests like fall army worms that was never before experienced in the State.
Therefore, it has become all the more important for the State to adopt latest emerging technologies so as to mitigate any eventualities by use of technologies such as weather forecasting, various farmers’ advisory services and also by use of drones for quick assessment of the damages for interventions in real time.

The officials of the Department of Soil & Water Conservation and Nagaland GIS and Remote sensing Centre, Government of Nagaland presented the proposal. The Additional Secretary (Digital Agriculture), in principle, agreed to the proposal and invited officials from Nagaland to the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare for the finalization of the project proposal. (Page News Service)