Nagaland is going to be a completely organic State soon. This was announced by State Agriculture and Corporation Minister G Kaito Aye on Tuesday. The minister also stated that an organic policy would be adopted and that efforts were also on to ensure that farmers were not deprived. Aye was addressing an outreach-cum-buyer-seller meet on organic food production in the Northeast organised by Indian Chamber Commerce (ICC) in Kohima.
Commenting on the current status of soil nutrient content in the State, the minister said the organic carbon content as per National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning (NBSSLUB), Nagpur was 0.75-3.00 per cent, making the products ‘organic by default’, according to reports.
He also announced that cold storage facilities would be commissioned by March next year to ensure that products are preserved and farmers get their due. Aye asserted that to facilitate stronger marketing access under the ownership of growers’ organization, the government had registered the brand as ‘Naga Organic’.
Aye also launched the Naga Organic app developed by the State’s agriculture and horticulture department in collaboration with IT department. State horticulture adviser Mhathung Yanthan while addressing the meet said the State Government was giving final shape to the ‘Nagaland State Organic Policy’. He shared that it would be able to guide the farmers in transforming the State into an ‘organic hub by design’ from ‘organic by default’. Senior government officials, investors, buyers and sellers from different states attended the programme.