Nagaland

Zero Energy Cold Storage Unit inaugurated at Tuensang

Zero Energy

Dimapur, February 8: Zero Energy Cold Storage Unit with 30 tons capacity was inaugurated at Tuensang on Tuesday by Y Kikheto Sema, Agriculture Production Commissioner.
A press release informed that ZES (Zero Energy Storage), initiated by Eleutheros Christian Society (ECS) and funded by NABARD and the Tata Trust, is a technology which could be the solution for rural Nagaland.
The ZES does not require electricity but the room temperature is almost 10 degrees lesser when compared to outside temperature, it stated.
Chongshen of ECS Tuensang gave a short presentation on the activities of ECS in the field agriculture and livelihood development, and shared how the intervention of the ECS has impacted the socio-economic conditions of the people in the district.
He also stated that the ECS has started working with farming community in Zunheboto and Mokokchung districts and was looking forward to expand in the future.
Kikheto Sema, thanked the ECS and particularly Rev. Dr. Chingmak Kejong and wife for working towards the socio-economic uplift of the people of Nagaland, and particularly the people of Tuensang.
He observed that the ZES Unit will be useful facility for the farming community in the State because the Power supply in the State is not going to meet the demand in many years to come.
He assured that the Department would recommend the technology and see to it that the Central Government recognises the innovative & initiatives of ZES within the funding design and even collaborate in the future.
At the same time, he also encouraged the ECS to venture out to other districts as well so that the farming communities of the other districts will also get the benefit.
He stated that the State Government is working towards the holistic development in the field of Agriculture and already facilities like Soil Testing Laboratories in all districts, Block Level Soil Testing Laboratories, Bio Fertilizer Production Units and Meteorological Observatories in all the districts are installed; and in collaboration with the IMD, the State Government is also installing Agro-met AWS in all districts phase-wise.
During the interaction session, the issue regarding the transportation of agriculture produce to the markets in Kohima and Dimapur was discussed, including the observation of trucks of the Police department and the Food Cooperation of India (FCI) transporting essential commodities to the district and going back empty.
The APC assured that the matter will be discussed with the departments concerned and work out the modalities to facilitate movement of farmers’ produce to the larger markets.
He also pointed out that over Rs 60 crore is spent annually for the food of police personnel throughout the State and majority of the produce is imported from outside, for which he urged that the essential commodities may be procured from the district itself to encourage the farmers and also to boost the economy of the local community.
Also, Kikheto inaugurated the newly-constructed office of District Agriculture Officer, Tuensang.
Achakbou Newmai, Supt. Engineer (Agriculture), gave a brief technical report of the project. The office is a double-storey building with six rooms in the ground floor and 7 rooms in the first floor. The construction work was completed in 3 years.
(Page News Service)

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