Kohima: To overcome the challenges posed by the drought in Covide-19 and Nagaland, the Department of Fruit and Vegetation Department on Thursday distributed winter vegetable seeds among farmers across the state, an official said.
The areas where the seeds are sent are known for their rich vegetable production.
Horticulture and Border Affairs Adviser, Mathuhun Yant, handed over the vehicles to the district headquarters.
The seeds will be distributed as part of the post-epidemic economic recovery activities under the Northeast Council (NEC) and the Integrated Fruit and Vegetable Development (MIDH).
Speaking at the event, Yanthan said the epidemic had taught people the importance of self-confidence through agriculture.
It must be taken as an organization to attract more people.
The consultant commended the department for purchasing seeds at the time of purchase of seeds to distribute among the farmers of the 12 woredas identified in the 12 woredas.
The seeds are of high quality, some of which are imported.
He said appropriate technical guidelines should be provided to farmers to get better yields.
Its seeds include potatoes, cabbage, lettuce, beans, carrots, onions, beans, peas, and broccoli.
He expressed hope that agriculture would also generate more profits to improve the economic situation of the people and the region.
He said the Nagaland State Agricultural Marketing Board should not only focus on the Department of Agriculture but also include the products of line departments engaged with farmers.
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Agricultural Production Commissioner (ACC) E. Kikito Sema said early varieties will be distributed in October only, but efforts are being made to reach out to farmers in advance.
The Department of Agriculture has announced that the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will soon distribute winter seeds to 645 villages to cover all the villages.
“We want to see that there is no shortage of vegetables in the region after the outbreak,” he said.
Expecting that the villagers should not only see seeds for the government, the APC called on farmers to wait for the best seeds.
Meanwhile, the ACC said that Prime Minister Nephi Rio had written to the Union Government to take steps to alleviate the drought in the region and a response was awaited.