Governor moots award for agriculture entrepreneurs

Governor moots award for  agriculture entrepreneurs
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Dimapur, August 31: Visibly impressed with the hard work and commitment of Lucy Ngullie Thomas as an educated agricultural entrepreneur, Governor of Nagaland, PB Acharya mooted for constituting Governor’s Award of Rs 1 lakh to hardworking and committed agricultural entrepreneurs. He said that he will meet with officials of Horticulture Department and discuss the issue so that entrepreneurs like Lucy are encouraged and acknowledged.
Acharya who himself is a keen advocate of organic fruits and vegetables was very much impressed when he met and interacted with the dream dragon fruit owner, Lucy Ngully Thomas at Police Guest House, Chumukedima on August 29. Acharya lauded the bold educated farmer for taking up farming with dedication and for being the only dragon fruit cultivator on commercial basis from the entire North East. After learning about the health benefits of the fruit, the Governor encouraged all the marginal farmers to plant at least 3 dragon fruit vines.
Sharing her experiences as a farmer, proprietor of Dream Dragon Fruit Farm, Lucy Ngullie Thomas, an Arts graduate, told the Governor that she was very keen and passionate about farming which made her to take up Dragon fruit cultivation since 2013. Explaining the numerous medicinal values of Dragon fruits besides high returns, Lucy felt that more farmers must take up Dragon fruit cultivation adding that Dimapur is the best place for cultivating the fruit. She informed that India produces just 1 percent of the fruit and for which it becomes expensive when it reaches our market. Blessed with fertile land and perfect climate, Lucy felt that Naga farmers need to cultivate the fruit as it has very high medicinal values as well as high market demand.
Lucy handed over a box of her fruits to the Governor enabling the first citizen of the State to taste the first organic dragon fruit produce of Nagaland. (Page News Service)