CRPO resolves to strengthen indigenous food & farming systems

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Dimapur, August 26: Community leaders of Chizami, Chizami Town, Enhulumi, Mesulumi, Sumi and Thetsumi village under Chizami Range Public Organization (CRPO) have endorsed collectively 7 resolutions to strengthen biodiversity, indigenous food and farming systems.
The resolutions include strengthening and use of indigenous methods of manure, revive traditional seeds, strengthen village biodiversity management boards, integrate horticulture farming such as plums, banana and other fruits to improve rural livelihood and to strengthen the community governance over land use with special mention of Jhum cultivation sites. The communities will adhere to improvise the existing Jhum cultivation practice and will strengthen agro-biodiversity based on collective farming and sustainability. Every village will make an effort to engage young people on food and farming systems through awareness programmes, seminars and social events.
The leaders also took a strong point of total ban on chemical inputs in farm lands and restriction of outsiders to explore/extract any natural resources without prior consent of the village councils.
The above resolutions were adopted in a day long discussion on Indigenous Food and Farming System – Challenges and Opportunities at the VTC Hall, NEN Resource Centre, Chizami on August 25. The discussion was organized by CRPO in collaboration with North East Network.
In the two technical sessions after the inaugural programme, deliberations were made on traditional agriculture, livelihood and food security – practices and challenges, and indigenous food and farming systems – the way forward’. The sessions were moderated by Mekhalo Lohe and Neitshopeu Thopi. Panel members of the two sessions included Vetsope Venuh, VCC Thetsumi, Welhite Naro, VCC Chizami, Wenyilo Venuh, VCC Mesulumi, Wekhrope Ngatsi, VCC Enhulumi, Neitelo Rhakho, VCC Sumi and Kezunyipeu Tsuhah, CWS. All the speakers acknowledged the benefits of ecological agriculture to the land, soil, water bodies and to the community well-being. They also deliberated on the concerns of current scenario of rural populace on livelihoods, youth alienation from farming, climate crisis, depletion of environment, and health related problems owing food habits etc.
Stories of resilience and success on plum production of Enhulumi village, millet cultivation of Sumi village and community seed bank of Chizami were also shared. Besides the technical sessions, Stephen Gangmei of NEN briefly introduced a new project titled – No One Shall Be Left Behind Initiative. Following this, the Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) document were signed by the community leaders present. (Page News Service)