Morung Express News
Dimapur | July 17
The Department of Land Resources, Zunheboto on Monday handed over funds under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojna (PMKSY) to 16 villages in the district at the culmination programme of PMKSY Batch II.
Addressing the gathering as chief guest at Town Hall, Zunheboto, Secretary Land Resources Department (LRD), Y. Kikheto Sema (IAS) appealed to the farmers not to plant diseased cardamom seeds distributed by some departments in the vicinity of the seeds distributed by LRD.
It may be mentioned that the cardamom seeds procured from Sikkim by some departments were infested with ‘Chirkey’ and ‘Foorkey’ diseases and had caused huge loss to the farmers in different parts of Nagaland.
“When these diseased cardamoms are cultivated nearby healthy cardamoms, it is likely to affect the latter. So I appeal the villagers to cultivate the two types of cardamoms separately at a safe distance,” he said.
The Secretary also appealed the state government to set up quarantine check posts to check entry of diseased crop seeds and saplings in the interest of the farmers.
Kikheto further urged the district administration and community leaders to encourage local products and create awareness on it by taking the farmers to field visits. Stating that women were also faring well in farming activities and management, he called for involving them during such field trips.
Pointing out that the LRD lacked enough resources but have enough technical expertise and manpower, the Secretary suggested that convergence system could be taken up with agro and allied activities like MGNREGA.
He said farmers of other districts were progressing with the assistance provided by the Department and added that Zunheboto farmers should not be left behind. Kikheto talked about economic freedom as the ‘true freedom’ when one can stand on his/her own for sustenance.
The chief guest later inaugurated exhibition stall of PMKSY Batch II.
LRD Director, Hoto Yeptho who also spoke during the programme, recalled how the officers travelled to rural areas during the initial stage of IWMP-PMKSY programme and created awareness among the farmers assisting them in cash and in kind. “Those who were sincere are harvesting now but those who were only after subsidy shall have to struggle.” He expressed contentment that some villagers were reaping the benefits.
ADC Zunheboto, Vekhoyi Chakhesang and Sumi Hoho President, Hekhushe Shikhu also spoke during the programme which was attended by a host of public leaders, government officials and LRD officers.