Depleting food production a worry for agro business
DIMAPUR, JANUARY 24
The Bhartiya Farmers Agro Business Development Cooperative Ltd. conducted a 1-day training of Board of Directors and active members of the society at the conference hall of the Nagaland State Cooperative Bank, Dimapur on January 20 presided over by K Linyui Angami, Director, Developments, BFABDC Ltd. The training progrmamme started with an invocation by Aphien, BOD, and welcome address by the president, BFABDC P Tripathi.
Four resource persons and a special invitee covered different subjects pertaining to Cooperative activities. B Haque, Education Officer, Nagaland State Cooperative Union (NCSU) in his presentation covered the History, Principles and practice on Cooperation, while Imtinungba, Addl. RCS Govt. of Nagaland, jointly with Ms Bisinle Semp, Senior Inspector of Cooperative Societies and B Haque elaborated the Maintenance of Books of Records & Audit of Society, Chelladurai, GM, NABARD, Nagaland, Regional Office, Dimapur, explained the Role of NABARD in Development of Cooperative Societies and Atovi Sema, MD, NSCB Ltd. gave a vivid description on the Role of Cooperative Bank in financing Cooperative Societies. BK Thadani, former MD, NSCB and Consultant NSCB also spoke on the role of Cooperative societies.
Giving the key note address, TL Merry, BOD & Director, Media & Publicity, BFABDC said the North East Region of India – encompassing the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim presents- a diverse topo-graphical conditions ranging from the plains of Assam and Tripura to the upland flat lands of the Imphal valley in Manipur as well as the predominantly hilly/mountainous regions of Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim.
Predominantly agrarian states, the economy of the North East region, Nagaland in particular, is dependent on development of agriculture and allied sectors. The traditional land use pattern of cultivation i.e. jhum or shifting cultivation, and also wet or rain fed terrace cultivation are the methods widely practiced, and continues across Nagaland and parts of the North East region, and agriculture is the main stay of the people.
Researchers forewarn that, Global food demand is to be doubled by 2050, whereas, production environment and available natural resources are continuously depleting and deteriorating. Across the larger part of the world, inadequate attention to agriculture has led to food scarcity, steep rise in food prices and increased food riots.
He said though Nagas do not have a strong history of cooperatives, the requisite land and natural resources and favourable agro climatic condition conducive for cultivation and development of all related programmes covered under the Agriculture and allied sector. He also said land and water are the two most vital natural resources for development of sustainable agriculture and economy.