State Horti officials visits PFDC in Delhi


Dimapur, March 3: Commissioner and Secretary, Horticulture, Y Kikheto Sema IAS and Dr R Elithung Lotha, Director of Horticulture met Vasudha Mishra, Special Secretary, Rajbir Singh, Joint Secretary & Mission Director MIDH and Dr BNS Murthy, Horticulture Commissioner, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India at Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi on March 2 and discussed various matters and issues related to implementation of CSS programmes in Nagaland.
Sema while acknowledging the ministry for the support to the State’s farmers through various programmes requested the ministry officials to make the programme guidelines and cost norms more farmers friendly particularly for NE region, to which the ministry officials assured to look into it.
Sema also raised the importance of easy availability of quality planting materials for the successful plantation and also issue of assured irrigation facilities by providing water harvesting structures were discussed during the meeting. They also had an interaction with the chairman and managing director of National Seed Corporation Vinod Kumar Kaur regarding necessary tie up for procurement of quality seed materials.
Later, YK Sema accompanied the Special Secretary Vasudha Mishra visited High Tech Horticulture Centre & Precision Farming Development Centre (PFDC) at Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI)/ PUSA Institute, New Delhi.
The officials also had an on the field interactions with group of farmers from Haryana ,Uttar Pradesh & Rajasthan especially on the adoption of micro irrigation systems and cultivation of crops under poly house in farmers’ fields. On seeing the new and innovative technologies in the centre, which are likely to attract the young and educated in the farming sector, Sema requested the Special Secretary and also the Horticulture Commissioner who is also the member secretary for development of PFDC to establish one such centre in Nagaland.
Sema and Dr Lotha also visited the ongoing Farmers’ Mela & exhibition at IARI/ PUSA Complex. (Page News Service)