Morung Express News
Dimapur | March 25
The One District One Focus Product (ODOFP) sectors for 728 districts across the country, including 11 districts from Nagaland were finalised in February by the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare (MoA&FW) in consultation with the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MOFPI).
The Minister of MoA&FW, Narendra Singh Tomar informed the Lok Sabha on March 23 that the ODOP approach, adopted under the Centrally Sponsored Pradhan Mantri Formalisation of Micro Food Processing Enterprises Scheme (PMFME Scheme), aims “to reap the benefits of scale in terms of procurement of inputs, availing common services and marketing of products.”
The MoA&FW through ODOFP for 728 districts of 36 States/UTs converge resources towards the ODOP from ongoing centrally sponsored schemes such as Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH), National Food Security Mission (NFSM), Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY), Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY), schemes of Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, he added.
In addition, the State Level Up-gradation Plan (SLUP) by all States/UTs, based on Agriculture production of ODOPs, industrial scenario, market availability etc, enables them to “identify its product clusters, market linkages, stakeholders, requirement of skill development for beneficiaries, infrastructure support, financial linkages etc,” Tomar said.
ODOP for Nagaland
According to the Minister’s reply, a total of 10 products were selected from Nagaland for 11 districts under the ODOP approach. This included a same product for two districts – Kholar (Rajma or Kidney Beans) for Kiphire and Tuensang and a different product each for rest of the districts except Noklak.
Based on the district-wise and State-wise list of products annexed by the Tomar his reply, The Morung Express presents how a product from a particular district from Nagaland would stack-up against products from other states.
This is done by looking at whether any other districts in India were selected for the same product under the ODOP.
Most unique and most common
As per the list, Naga King Chili appears to be the most unique product from Nagaland as Peren was the only district in India selected for its production.
The next products were coffee and Kholar (Rajma).
While Kholar (Rajma) was listed only for Kiphire and Tuensang in Nagaland, coffee was listed for production in Mokokchung and Kodagu/Coorg in Karnataka.
Large Cardamom and Soybean products, which were listed for Mon and Zunheboto respectively, were listed in 4 other districts across India.
Kiwi, the ODOP of Phek was listed in 5 others districts in India while Kohima along with in 7 districts across the country were designated for pickle.
Next on the list was Fisheries with 11 districts in India including Wokha listed for its production.
The most common product on the list was ginger and garlic, which were listed for Longleng and Dimapur respectively.
19 districts in India were listed for ginger production while 18 were designated for pineapple production across India.