DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 12: A one-day Seminar on “Locating food sustainability at Grassroots level in the Post- Covid Specific situation of Nagaland State” was held today at DBIDL, Don Bosco School Campus, Dimapur Nagaland jointly organized by North East Institute of Social Sciences and Research (NEISSR) and Peace Channel, Dimapur and supported by National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), Nagaland Regional Office, Dimapur.
Speaking on the occasion, H C Bishwas, Assistant General Manager, NABARD Nagaland RO, Dimapur said that food security is required by everybody. He said that agriculture is the only department that was not impacted by the COVID-19 in India.
Talking about agriculture in Nagaland, he said that he sees huge potential in Nagaland starting from pulses to horticulture for productivity and production. There is also scope for huge productivity though lacking in infrastructure but there is scope for others like technical and many different departments like horticulture which can make more and more productions.
He added that Nagaland is still not self sufficient for food production, and highlighted the micro level planning that NABARD has taken up for the development of the society which can be carried out from the village initiated by village councils. He motivated the community to produce more production.
Dr. Deben Bachaspatimayum delivered the keynote, where he said that people did not depend on outside supplies and they were self-sustained in the past, but it changed as people started depending on supplies from outside for all kinds of commodities and food for their use which creates a concern.
He mentioned that there has been some rethinking on the ways of economic development that is affecting food security over the last few decades at all levels.
He said that the threats to humanity and human survival seem to be becoming more and more real from inside and outside in the face of global warming, climate change and pandemic.
In her speech on the theme, Khrolhiweu Tsuhah, NEIDA talked about the knowledge system we practice in agriculture in our community. She said that in the context of Nagaland, the supply system through seed exchange and sharing is the driving force of sustainable agriculture and local genetic diversity and migration of seeds, this practice goes beyond family bloodline extending even to neighboring villages or states.
She also talked about the significance of Indegenous Seed Farming and its sustainability, accessibility, affordability, availability and self-reliant, plan, manage, control, grow their own food and influence the gene flow.
She said that seeds are a foundational element in our food system. Socially and ecologically, the food system represents the Naga community and it is organized, managed, produced and distributed at the local level largely practiced at an individual and family domain. The exchange and distribution of seeds vary upon geographical boundaries, cultural systems and social networks, she added.
She further said that the seed knowledge system is the connection to the past through their memories, practice and food systems, a hope and life to the present era and a gift and blessing to the future generations.
Amba Jamir, Development Consultant talked on the Prospects and Challenges of “Food for All” Vision 2015 in post-Covid context of Nagaland. He talked about the issues and challenges, opportunities and ways forward for food security.
(Page News Service)