Dimapur, February 12: NEN Farmers’ Market in Chizami under Phek district and Kohima town on Friday brought together women farmers from 9 villages namely Ciechama, Phekerkriema, Ziezou, Jotsoma, Rusoma (Kohima district), Lower Khomi, Chizami, Enhulumi, Sumi (Phek district) to sell a range of diverse food items – cultivated and wild edibles, traditional snacks and tea, and hand-woven textiles.
Farmers’ Market is an initiative of North East Network (NEN) Nagaland, which started in August 2019, in an effort to promote local, clean, and healthy food, while supporting the livelihoods of small and marginal farmers who practice bio-diverse farming.
Farmers’ Market is being organised periodically in different locations of Phek and Kohima district, where farmers bring diverse food produce from their homestead gardens, jhum, terrace fields and forests, and handicrafts to sell. However, due to the COVID pandemic, NEN Farmers’ Market was discontinued for several months but it has resumed now with 2 Farmers’ Market events held at Chizami in Phek district and Kohima Town. NEN said it plans to continue facilitating the periodic Farmer’s Market in the coming months across different locations in Nagaland with the farmers they work with.
NEN has, over the years of their engagement with local communities in Nagaland, been advocating and promoting local, sustainable and climate resilient food and farming systems. Towards self-reliance and wellbeing of communities, NEN is actively involved with creating awareness amongst the producers and consumers on food and nutrition, facilitating market linkages for women farmers, re-orienting young people to local food through NEN Farm Schools, supporting conservation of traditional seeds through Community Seed Banks, facilitating seed and knowledge exchanges through Biodiversity Festivals, etc.
The market promotes zero plastic packaging, indigenous food products, tapping into the ever-growing demand for organic produce among other things. These Farmers’ Markets are efforts to bridge the gap between famers and consumers, and to ensure the availability and accessibility of quality, seasonal, organic, healthy food and more.
Recognizing the pressing need for such local markets for local producers, NEN has also invited likeminded farmer collectives, SHGs, NGOs for future collaborations. Interested parties may contact +917085037383 / 0370-2260550 / email@example.com.
(Page News Service)