In a bid to boost organic food production, Nagaland joins the rest of the world in promoting and developing organic farming and the government is preparing a draft policy, official sources said.
“Nagaland joins the rest of the world in promoting and developing organic agriculture for sustainability… and the government is drafting a policy on organic cultivation,” said Advisor to horticulture department, Mathung Yanthan at the Pineapple Festival in Dimapur on Saturday.
The Pineapple Festival 2019 is being held at Molvom village in Nagaland’s Dimapur district. Zhou Zejiang, Asia president of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, inaugurated a large replica of pineapple at Molvom.
Molvom and its neighbouring villages produce an average of 20,000 metric tonnes of organic pineapples every year, Yanthan said, adding over 800 hectares in the state have been identified for organic farming under the Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North East Region, a central scheme for increasing certified organic production.
Also addressing the issue of marketing the produce, Yanthan urged farmers to blend modern technologies with traditional agricultural practices to boost organic farming. He also said that the setting up of Farmer Producer Companies (FPC) will help cultivators market their produce.
(With inputs from agencies)