Dimapur, March 3: For the first time, a sales day of fresh fruits and vegetables, including dried vegetables and pickles, got underway on Wednesday at the Nagaland House lawn, New Delhi. Minister for Higher Education and Tribal Affairs Temjen Imna Along inaugurated the sales day which will continue till March 4.
The items on sale were part of the air cargo consignment of 111 cartons of organic fruits and vegetables flagged off from Dimapur Airport by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Tuesday as part of the air cargo service jointly initiated by the State Horticulture Department and the Airport Authority of India, Dimapur.
Temjen Imna, while declaring the sales day open, thanked the Government of India for operationalizing the Cargo Bay at Dimapur Airport, which, he said, will go a long way in alleviating the economic needs of the State. He said the “Naturally Nagaland” initiatives became possible due to the leadership of the Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister.
The Minister also appreciated the efforts put in by the Horticulture Department led by Advisor Mhathung Yanthan and team of officers and staff of Nagaland House, New Delhi for making the venture a success. He challenged the entrepreneurs of the State to flood Delhi with naturally grown vegetables, fruits and other horticulture products by utilizing the cargo facilities.
The first day of the two days event saw a huge response from the denizens of Delhi including people from the North East, informed PRO (IPR) Nagaland House, New Delhi. Out of 30 varieties of items, around 20 were sold out within a few hours of the inauguration.
Due to high demand rationing had to be carried out for more than 10 items like pineapple, pumpkins, lemongrass, squash (chow chow), passion fruit, anishi, green leaves, banana inflorescence, king chilli and bitter brinjal, he said.
The Minister was accompanied by Advisor for Technical Education and Elections Medo Yokha. (Page News Service)