A one-day field day cum crop cutting programme under National Food Security Mission organised by the Department of Agriculture was conducted at Tora Kezoma Village under Kohima district today.
Speaking as the Chief Guest, Nagaland Agriculture Production Commissioner and the Commissioner and Secretary Imkonglemba stated that the farmers are the most happiest people in the world.
Highlighting that more than 70 to 80 per cent of the population of Nagaland are dependent on agriculture production, he urged the farmers to change their mindset of cultivating the same crop every year and encouraged them to cultivate variety of crops throughout the year.
He said with the introduction of System of Rice Intensification (SRI) method there has been less percentage of labour work and more percentage of profit. He therefore encouraged the Tora farmers of Kezoma to take up this method further and also suggested to have farmers school in this Tora Area so that many farmers from the neighbouring Villages can also learned from them.
He also suggested taking up flower, mustard oil seeds planting in the field area in order to promote eco- Tourism and Agri- Tourism in future. He said that the Department is going to introduced second cropping in this winter season with an aim to generate double income for the farmers and assured that the ATMA team and Agriculture team will assist in whatever possible ways for the successful implementation of the project.
Joint Director Agriculture, Helie Rupreo who also spoke, stated that the SRI method has been introduced to the Tora farmers in the year 2013 which has resulted cent percent harvest and profit.
He said the area is feasible to cultivate throughout the year as there is enough water resource and encouraged them to go for double cropping so as to achieve Vision 2025 (Food for All).
Kezoma Village Chairman, Puhovi Tase in his report said there are 280 households in the village where 220 families are farmers of the Tora field area.
He informed that the income has been high with the introduction of SRI method and also added that it was more beneficial for the farmers comparing to other development like agri-link-road and others.
He further requested the APC for construction of one power tiller rod Foot Bridge at Sidzu River for the farmers. UNI AS BM SB BD2137
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