Dimapur, July 13: As per the order of Nagaland Chief Secretary, a team headed by Agriculture Production Commissioner Y Kikheto Sema toured Dimapur today for monitoring and inspection of NEC funded projects and called for accountability and transparency in all NEC projects.
The team visited development of eri culture for sustainable livelihood at Seithekhima, New Shouba, Ao Imti and Khehokhu villages, said a DIPR release.
Interacting with villagers, Kikheto dwelt on the benefits of eri culture, stating that it has huge demand in the market even within the villages itself as eri serves as a sugar free healthy food. He observed that eri culture gives turnover within a year unlike other plants where one has to wait for several years to get benefits. He further opined that it was not so difficult to rear eri and added,” if you feed well it grows well.”
With so much of advantage, he emphasized on the need for creating more awareness in the villages so that eri rearing could be taken up in cluster approach. Sema also advised and encouraged eri farmers for using judiciously the assistance rendered by the Government either in cash or kind. He noted that he was very encouraged to see many women eri farmers.
Expressing concern about the huge number of returnees due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kikheto said that with more than 15000 returnees in the category of working class not likely to return back, he encouraged the sericulture department for imparting training/ awareness on sericulture farming. “This is one area where the department has to focus for providing livelihood/ employment to the young people,” he maintained and further expressed that rearing eri would be one of the best option.
The team also visited the Abiogenes center for performing art and culture at Dimapur, District Transport office Dimapur and multimedia cum convention center Dimapur under IPR Department. Commissioner & Secretary, Maria Yanthan was also present in the project site of IPR during the team’s visit.
Y. Kiketo was accompanied by CE, water resources, Additional Director, IPR, Tokishe Sema, Engineer planning department Kiyheto, secretary, director and officers from sericulture department besides others.
The team will be leaving for Jalukie on July 14 for inspection of botanical garden cum recreation park. On July 15, the team will proceed to Phenshunyu village for inspection of integrated Ney valley irrigation project. (Page News Service)