Publicity workshop on MSP held at Kohima


Dimapur, July 22: An advocacy and publicity workshop on minimum support price for minor forest produce scheme conducted by Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED), Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India and Department of Underdeveloped Areas (DUDA), Government of Nagaland was organised on July 20 at Hotel Vivor, Kohima.
Minister, Environment Forest & Climate Change, CM Chang in his welcome address appreciated TRIFED along with the Department of EF&CC and DUDA for organising the programme in the State. He said Nagaland has been endowed with very rich and unique bio-diversity and falls within the Indo-Burma Biodiversity Hotspot bordering the species rich Indian and Indo-Chinese Sub-region, and estimated that the state supports approximately 2,431 species belonging to 963 genera and 186 families out of which he believed more than half will be important medicinal and of other economic value species.
Nagaland being blessed with rich biodiversity, it is one among the biodiversity hotspots of the country, he stated.
Advisor, Department of Underdeveloped Areas, N. Bongkhao Konyak in his short speech highlighted about the departmental activities, DUDA being the implementing agency of the State, its main objective is to implement people centric developmental programmes for Eastern Nagaland region. With this objective, the Department is working tirelessly to bridge the gap with regard to economic and livelihood opportunities and bring the backward region at par with the rest of the State.
There are 337 villages in Eastern Nagaland and with the lack of proper road and basic infrastructure in place, it is still an uphill task for the Department to successfully impact the region, he said. Moreover with the lack of Air and Rail connectivity, all raw materials have to be transported from commercial hubs as far as Dimapur or through Assam. This has resulted in high cost for development, he added.
In addition to having Minimum Support price (MSP) for the minor forest produce (MFP) there are needs for storage facilities, organic certifications, value addition, market linkages and for study and documentation of the ethno-botany of the important plant species of the State, he said.
Principal Secretary, DUDA, L Kire expressed his concern about the operational guidelines and requirements of the schemes as geographical area and biological environment varies from state to state. Therefore, it should be taken into consideration while framing the guidelines and policies of the schemes, he said.
Power point presentation for introduction & presentation on MSP-MFP & Van Shan Schemes was presented by Executive Director, Sangeeta Mahindra while power point presentation by implementing agency was presented by Joint Director, DUDA, Dr. Anungla Imdong Phom. (Page News Service)