Nagaland to launch Covid-19 Horticulture special drive district tour program from May 5
By Our Correspondent, 04/05/2020, Guwahati

Nagaland will launch Covid-19 Horticulture special drive district tour program in the state from tomorrow to work and make our state self sufficient in Horticulture crops for nutritional and economic benefits. A meeting was held at the conference hall of Directorate of Horticulture with Advisor Horticulture, Mhathung Yanthan as the special guest.The Advisor said that Covid-19 is affecting crop cultivation and food supply chain in our state so Covid-19 Horticulture special drive is a mission to work and make our state self sufficient in Horticulture crops for nutritional and economic benefits.

He called on all the officers to carry on the message to the farmers the standard operating procedure and the guide lines on Covid-19 issued by the Government.He informed that the touring program will cover all the district headquarter and all villages will be covered by respective district Horticulture officer to collect necessary information and database for improvement of the Horticulture sector in the state.The touring team will start from May 5 and is divided into four groups.

Advisor Mhathung Yanthan will be leading one group, Commissioner and Secretary Horticulture will be leading another one and other groups by the Director and Senior officers of the Department.Director Horticulture Dr. R. Elithung Lotha said that the main focus Covid-19 touring team is to create quick database, mapping of fruit and vegetables growers in the state and to create massive awareness and motivational programmes through print, electronic and social media on the need for growing more crops.

He added that it aims to impart training to farmers and providing necessary inputs to farmers on time and establishing strong network of market linkages for the surplus produces of farmers for efficient and timely distribution and better price.The frontline staff of the department is a part of the COVID 19 frontline team to reach out and help farmers to intensify crop production and educate them on the preventive measures of corona virus.