Nagaland Govt working on linking farmers to market

People attending paddy field at Chizami in Phek district. (Morung Photo)

People attending paddy field at Chizami in Phek district. (Morung Photo)

Chizokho Vero
Kohima | June 5

Amid COVID-19 pandemic, people have started venturing into agri and allied activities more vigorously across Nagaland.

Nagaland’s Planning & Coordination, Land Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Neiba Kronu said that the government is now working on the requisite formula for agricultural produces and market linkages. 

“What we can produce why we have to buy from other states,” Kronu said. Now we have to be more active and serious in agri and allied sectors, he said adding that a time has come to work in such a way that the local entrepreneurs or dedicated people need to come together and identify “assure market’ to the farmers.

“We use to tell the farmers to produce more but when there is no market they will only produce what is sufficient for them,” Kronu said. Now, we have to talk about self sufficiency and marketing avenue, the Minister added.

Recently, Chakhesang Public Organization (CPO) made a fervent appeal all its citizens especially the farmers to vigorously grow more crops with innovative methods and to acquire more land which were left abandoned in the past “as the situation calls for our own survival of sustenance.”

The Yimchungru Tribal Council (YTC) also appealed all the village councils under its jurisdiction that all the household of Yimchunger villages to make compulsory for traditional farming.

It also urged the concerned village councils to make necessary arrangement for cultivation to those landless members of the village. “Our people should keep in mind that we were self reliance before and we expect the same at this hour, so as to prepare ourselves in case of any future eventualities,” YTC stated.