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Noklak gets Mini Soil Testing Lab

APC inaugurated the Mini Soil Testing Laboratory at SDO Soil Office Noklak

Dimapur, February 10: Agriculture Production Commissioner, Y Kikheto Sema inaugurated the Mini Soil Testing Laboratory at SDO (Soil) Office, Noklak on February 10.
According to a DIPR bulletin, Kikheto informed that a more sophisticated Soil Testing Laboratory with Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (AAS) was in the pipeline and the Mini lab has been commissioned for creating awareness among the farming community.
He also added that Dr. KN Mohan, the Deputy Director-General of IMD-NE has assured to install Agro-met AWS with a range of 50km radius at Tuensang and Noklak districts.
The APC encouraged all the District officers to work with dedication and contribute something for the people.
Sharing his observations from visits to a coffee plantation and tea garden at Pangsha, Kikheto said that coffee grows and produces better on the “north-eastern aspect”.
He also observed that there is a price list for all imported commodities like rice, dal, chilli, potatoes, tomatoes etc., but none for organic local products, thus making it difficult for farmers to sell their produce at a fair price.
Therefore, he requested the district administration of Noklak to initiate and bring out the price list for all the agriculture produce in the district.
He also informed that at Naturally Nagaland, the aromatic tea of Noklak is one of the highly sought products and honey from the district is also in high demand.
The Deputy Commissioner of Noklak expressed happiness to see new facilities that are beneficial for the farming community and requested the department to demonstrate soil testing in the next DPDB meeting.
The Superintendent of Police, Noklak thanked the Nodal Officer for bringing the Soil Testing Facilities as assured.
A technical report was presented by State Nodal Officer Meteorology K Khekiho Shohe.
Meanwhile, the APC and his entourage held a meeting with all the Agri and Allied departments at DC’s conference hall, Noklak.
The APC informed that 2023 will be the International Year of Millets.
“Seeing the potential and abundance of millets in the region, the APC advised all the allied departments, district administration and NGOs to give efforts and awareness for millet cultivation”, it stated.
Accordingly, the meeting resolved to give effort for cultivation of Job’s tears and perilla seeds in the district.
As requested by the district administration and Khiamniungan Tribal Council for a District Agriculture Officer in Noklak, the APC assured that he will look into the matter..
(Page News Service)