Agri deptt. to reach 40K marginal farmers with soap and mask
Kohima, May 13: With an effort to improve the deteriorating economy of the State due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Nagaland government has decided to converge all the activities of the agriculture and allied sectors.
Minister for Agriculture and Cooperation, G Kaito Aye said this on the sidelines of launching programme of face mask, hand soap and pamphlets on agricultural advisory for small ad marginal farmers of the State here today.
The decision to this effect was taken during a meeting convened by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio with the agri and allied departments in the State recently in Kohima, he said.
Nagaland is a resource crunch state while over 92% of the state’s budgetary allocation comes as funding from Central government.
More than 70% of the state’s population is agrarian and therefore the meeting has decided to come out with proper convergence policies and programme of the agri and allied departments, so that the focus will be on improving the overall productivity of the State, he said.
The government is doing its best but has its own limitations and therefore the agriculture department has to be more responsible to support the needy farmers, particularly women farmers in the State, said Aye.
Nagaland is dependent on other states for supply of essential commodities, but faced with the challenge during this COVID-19 pandemic, though there cannot be surplus production but the State can be self-sufficient in food products with focused activity, he asserted.
Informing that a total of 1,96,894 famers in the State have received financial assistance of Rs 125,78,12,000 through the PM-KISAN scheme, Minister Aye urged the farmers to be grateful to the Centre for the support and to utilize the amount to purchase seeds and not as their ‘pocket money’.
The Minister also advised the agriculture field officers to remain active in their places of posting and to continue helping the villagers to follow the SOP while working in their fields.
Earlier during the programme, Director of Agriculture Department, M Ben Yanthan informed that through programme launched today, the Department would be reaching to 40,000 poorer section of the farming community throughout the State, who virtually cannot afford to purchase such items.
Distribution of 40,000 numbers of cotton face mask, hand washing soap and pamphlet for Agricultural advisories along with know your ATMA functionaries to the poorer section of the farmers all across the 74 Blocks will encourage social distancing and sanitation during this lockdown, he said.
The agricultural advisory during pandemic lockdown states in order to avoid the field level contagious spread of Corona virus during farming activities, farmers are, advised to follow the following precautionary and safety measure:
1. In case of any manual field operations maintain, 4-5 feet space or line assigning one strip to one farmer or labour in order ensure adequate spacing between the engaged labours by maintaining social distancing.
2. All the farmers should compulsorily use mask or a scarf that adequately cover the nose and mouth. Ensure hand washing with soap and water frequently. Cloths must be washed after use every day.
3. Maintain safe distance of 3-4 feet during rest, taking meals and do not share meal with each other. Also, drink plenty of water during farm operations to avoid dehydration.
4. Stagger (plan in phase manner) the field operation wherever possible and avoid engaging more number of farmers on the same day in a given field.
5. Engage only the healthy farmers or labourers to the extent possible and after reasonable enquiry so as to avoid the entry of any likely carrier during field activity.
6. All agricultural tools/implements or any other items used by one farmer should be sanitized and should not exchange in any manner
7. Follow the standard safety measures during the visit to market for purchase of farm inputs or sale of products so as to avoid crowding.
(Page News Service)