Dimapur, August 7: Director & Mission Director (MIDH), Horticulture Department, Nagaland, Dr R Elithung Lotha officially flagged off 3 vehicles carrying 7.5 metric tonnes (7500 Kgs) of Nagaland pineapples from Nagaland Gate to different districts in Assam.
Flagging off the vehicles on behalf of the State Government, APC Nagaland Kikheto Sema IAS and Dr Elithung dubbed pineapple as one of the signature crop of Nagaland considered as one of the best and sweetest world over.
He regretted that due to the present COVID situation, supply chains has been disrupted and felt that with lack of proper planning, farmers will be in distress. However, Dr Elithung noted that with the constant inspiration of Chief Secretary Nagaland, APC and Commissioner Secretary Horticulture, the farmers are benefitting even during such extraordinary times. He observed that organic fruits and vegetables are found in all nook and corners of the State due to the participation of SHGs, including societies and individuals in marketing their produces.
He also acknowledged the support of administration and municipalities towards the farming community in evacuating their produce in the markets.
“There is marketing surplus that’s why we are sending it to Assam and these pineapples are fully organic certified,” Dr Eli said.
With today’s flagging off, many more consignments will be sent out to various districts of Assam and beyond as per the demand. The Nagaland pineapples will reach Nagaon, Tezpur, Golaghat and Diphu, which will further be marketed out again.
Elithung congratulated the farmers specially Molvom and Bungsang under Molsang Orgnaic Pineapple Farmer Producers Company. In his message to the buyers/ consumers of Assam, Director Horticulture said, “We are not only sending pineapples but sending the sweetness of the produce of Nagaland which is full of aroma, fragrance and nutrients required to be healthy.”
(Page News Service)