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Agri department targets food security for Nagaland by 2025

By Our Reporter Updated: Feb 17, 2020 11:58 pm

Our Reporter
Dimapur, Feb. 17 (EMN):
Nagaland’s department of Agriculture targets achieving food security by the year 2025 with a vision toward creating a feasible and economically viable agriculture sector in Nagaland.

As part of the goals for 2025 it has implemented various strategies for improvement in production and productivity in agriculture sector. A ‘sub mission on agriculture mechanization’ (Smam) is one of the strategies toward achieving the goals and implementing the vision of the Agriculture department in Nagaland, states the department’s annual administrative report for 2019-20.

In its annual report the department maintained that the state has attained significant achievements through the intervention of the centrally sponsored scheme ‘sub mission on agriculture mechanization’ and reported that till date the department has achieved farm power availability up to 0.650 Kilowatt per hour during 2018-2019.

The department states that Nagaland has made progress over the years in term of increased area, production, and productivity. The significant stride in the area of production and productivity is the result of the Agriculture department’s effort in bringing ‘paradigm shift’ from traditional farming to scientific farming, and from manual labour to mechanised farming, the updates stated.

Till date the department has been continuing its financial assistance through the Smam for procurement of farm machineries and equipment through direct benefit transfer and free distribution.

During the financial year 2019-2020, the department has distributed a number of farm machineries and equipment. (See table)

Sl.No.   Farm machinery distribution as part of Smam 2019-2020 (1st Instalment) Numbers of machine
1 Power tiller 90
2 Power cultivator 122
3 Brush cutter 1182
4 Post hole digger 128
5 Post cutter demonstration purpose 92
6 Post hole digger demonstration purpose 64
  Total 1678

The Agriculture department reported that power tillers, power cultivators, brush cutters and post-hole diggers have been distributed in order to increase farm power availability in the state.

The department maintained also that demonstrations on farm machineries and equipments were conducted in villages.

By Our Reporter Updated: Feb 17, 2020 11:58:12 pm