Pushes for setting up Sabzi Mandis in Dimapur
Dimapur, July 8: ACAUT Nagaland has urged Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio to set up Sabzi Mandis in Dimapur town as well as markets at designated areas for local farmers.
In an open letter to Chief Minister, the ACAUT asked him to intervene, assist and facilitate market avenues for farmers from districts of Nagaland to sell their surplus produce in Dimapur.
“The season for farmers to harvest in various districts have already started, it is an irony that on one hand we propagate and strive for self sufficient economy by declaring year of farmers/entrepreneurs and organic Nagaland while on the other hand we are unable to facilitate avenues to help our farmers to sell their surplus produce in the markets and towns of Nagaland,” ACAUT co-chairman, Simon Kelio and secretary, Hetoi Chishi stated.
It also pointed out that local farmers are unable to sell their produce in the markets of Dimapur due to the simple fact that mafia like gangsters have taken reign of the markets and have created market monopoly and syndicate system in connivance with the non-local traders. To further add to their woes, the poor farmers have to face the malice of unabated taxation along the way to Dimapur market by various governmental agencies, various factions of Naga groups, numerous associations and unions making the whole exercise of making the trip to Dimapur non-profitable.
It cited the example of a farmer from Pfutsero a few years ago, who was assaulted in Dimapur, as he defied the diktats of the syndicates and braved to sell cabbages in the markets of Dimapur.
The ACAUT said that year Phek district had surplus of organic cabbages and was brought down to Dimapur, however, due to unabated taxation and market monopoly, the farmers were unable to sell their products in Dimapur.
Stating that this year too there is surplus of organic produce from various quarters and districts of Nagaland such as tomatoes from Longkhum Village in Mokokchung District, cabbages from Phek District, etc, the ACAUT Nagaland suggested measures to be taken up by the Government of Nagaland to facilitate a congenial atmosphere for the farmers to tap the markets of Dimapur.
It suggested for identifying surplus produces from various districts and ban import of such products from outside till the time these products get exhausted.
It also suggested imposing strict measures to curb illegal taxation by various agencies and set up committees comprising of the police, the District administration, various associations and unions to look into and supervise the whole exercise. (Page News Service)