Kivikhu Achumi, Additional Director of Agriculture with officers and participants during the inaugural function of the collaborative training programme scheduled from September 10 to 12. (Photo Courtesy: SAMETI)
Medziphema, September 10 (MExN): A three-day collaborative training programme on ‘branding of horticulture produces’ scheduled to be held from September 10 to 12 commenced today.
The training programme was organized by the State Agricultural Extension & Management Training Institute (SAMETI) and sponsored by National Institute of Agricultural Marketing (NIAM), Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Government of India and ATMA Nagaland, stated a press release issued by Director SAMETI, Medziphema.
It stated that chairperson of the inaugural programme, K. Remphamo Lotha, Joint Director of Agriculture gave the welcome address.
Kivikhu Achumi, Addl. Director of Agriculture in his keynote address gave an overview on the status of Organic Agriculture in Nagaland. He mentioned that with the formation of Farmer Producer Organizations (FPO) in the state under Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North Eastern Region (MOVCDNER), there would be provision to develop specific crop specific organic production clusters, aggregation infrastructures, integrated processing units etc as credit linkages. He was hopeful that with so much potential in the agrarian sector, this training would bring about feasible trade opportunities for farmers of the state.
The programme concluded with vote of thanks by Dr Cressida Jamir, lecturer, IETC Medziphema.
Resource experts for the training are Meyasashi Longkumer, Deputy Director, Department of Horticulture; Dr. Cressida Jamir, lecturer, IETC Medziphema; Andrew Lalthawmhana and Dr. Sentirenla Changkiri, Project Assistants, STINER-TFC; Professor Pauline Alila, Department of Horticulture, NU: SASRD; Prabin Das, Marketing Specialist, Central Institute of Horticulture; Dr. Lohit K. Baishya, Senior Scientist, (Agronomy) and Dr. Ph. Romen Sharma Scientist (Agricultural Extension), ICAR Research Complex for NEH region, Nagaland Centre.