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Govt push to make Nagaland an organic State


Kaito launches ‘Naga Organic’ app

Dimapur, August 20: Minister for Agriculture & Corporation, G Kaito Aye today said the Government of Nagaland is going all out to make Nagaland an ‘Organic State.’
To facilitate stronger marketing access under the ownership of growers’ organization, the State Government has registered the “Naga Organic” brand, and FPOs and entrepreneurs under the mission have started selling their produces and products under this brand, he informed.
He was addressing an ‘outreach cum buyer seller meet on organic food production in Northeast’ organized by the Indian Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Agriculture Department and sponsored by APEDA at Hotel Japfu, Kohima today.
The minister highlighted the main constraints to facilitate market accessibility of the produces like lack of market information and linkages with buyers; lack of storage and cold chain facilities; high cost of third party organic certification which has to be borne by the farmers after the completion of Government’s sponsored programme; high cost of transportation from farm to collection centers and to the market due to hilly terrain; lack of air cargo facility and other logistics in most of the airports in North-East region except Guwahati particularly for the export of fresh vegetables, fruits and floriculture; and lack of processing and packaging facilities.
Kaito, however, said the State Government is taking up measures to tackle the issues that are prevailing and assured all support from the Nagaland Government towards organic food production in the State.
Advisor Horticulture, Mhathung Yanthan informed that the Government is in the final stage of bringing out ‘Nagaland State Organic Policy’ which will transform the State’s ‘organic by default’ into an ‘organic by design’ hub.
Regional Director, Indian Chamber of Commerce highlighted on ‘Organic products’ and what it really means. Nagaland has the potential and resources to build up a well organized producer as the topology and the landscape is strategically located, surrounded with international borders and have a high opportunity to export to neighboring countries, he observed.
Later, Kaito launched the ‘Naga Organic’ app developed by Agriculture and Horticulture Department in collaboration with IT department. This app is designed and developed with the objective to facilitate the buyers and sellers (FPC/FPO) find their interest of produce/products and a platform to the FPO/FPC to directly get in touch with the buyer without involving any middle man. (Page News Service)