DIPR Naga News (07.11.2020)
November 7, 2020
APC VISITS BOKE-BOTSA FOR INTEGRATED AGRI & ALLIED SETTLED FARMING
Agriculture Production Commissioner (APC) Nagaland, Y. Kikheto Sema, IAS visited Boke-Botsa under Chiephobozou Sub-division on 7th November, 2020 for spot verification of Naga Model Integrated Settled Farming (N-ISF). He was accompanied by HoDs, Officers of Directorate and District Offices from Agriculture, Horticulture, Land Resources, Fisheries, Soil Conservation, Water Resources, Veterinary and also Project Director, GIS. The Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, K.D. Vizo was also a part of the entourage.
During interaction with Botsa village elders, farmers and the officers accompanying him, the APC stated the purpose of the visit is to improve existing traditional farming to a sustainable farming. While stressing that although the traditional methods of jhum and terrace cultivation, which may not be economically viable nor ecologically sustainable, cannot be stopped as it is being practiced since time immemorial. He stated that looking at the present situation of the world, there could be food pandemic sooner or later and hence, the need to prepare for self-sufficiency where Integrated Settle Farming is of utmost importance. The APC and the team also visited various fields and sites to get first-hand knowledge for taking up various initiatives.
Keeping this in mind, the APC said that Integrated Settled Farming should be undertaken in all feasible areas so that various activities under agri and allied departments can be taken up in clusters approach. Wherein, fisheries, piggery, duckery, poultry, etc along with terrace paddy cultivation, intercropping with various crops, vegetables and fruits etc and ensure productivity throughout the year. This would encourage educated unemployed youth and retired employees to go back to rural areas for undertaking settled farming by utilization the land to its fullest potential for production in a sustainable manner. These clusters will be further formed into Farmers Producer Organization (FPO) for post-harvest value chain to the nearest market. Thus, this Naga Model Integrated Settle Farming will turn into a business model and also pave a way for Agro-Eco Tourism. This will also give avenue for migration of urban people back to the rural for their livelihood.
Sema also stressed that the Integrated Settled Farming at Boke Botsa would serve as a model and will be replicated in all the districts eventually. He said that with this system of farming, the State can achieve self-sufficiency and discourage import of rice, vegetables, fish and meat. He has also stated that there is no specific fund to start with, but will be going ahead by faith as it is a need base. He further appeal to the community that they should not depend on Government alone but they should also come forward and contribute their share for the success of the project.
The APC further stated that GPS mapping of the area being taken by the GIS Cell and for which the Agri & allied departments will have to prepare action plan for early implementation of Naga Model Integrated Settle Farming starting from Boke Botsa. Unlike the earlier times, where every department take up and do their own work, under this initiative, which will be the first of its kind, the agri and allied departments will be coordinating and working together for a common goal.
(Wepre Kronu, APRO)
REPOLL UNDER 60 PUNGRO KIPHIRE A/C CONCLUDES PEACEFULLY
As per the announcement made by the ECI, repoll under 60 Pungro Kiphire A/C was held in two polling Stations Singrep Village PS 11 and Kipongya Ward ‘A’ 8 in Kiphire town on 7th November 2020.
Repolling was held from morning 6 a.m to 4 pm which peacefully concluded in both the polling Stations without any untoward reported incident. Adequate security was provided so as to ensure all the voters to cast their votes without any fear. Total vote cast in Kipongya ward was 74.7% and Singrep Village at 69.5% respectively.
(Wangshikokla, IA Kiphire)
HORNBILL FEST 2020 TO BE COMPLETELY VIRTUAL
The Department of Tourism has informed that the Government of Nagaland has decided to celebrate the Hornbill Festival 2020 in a completely virtual mode only through various audio visual media channels and Social Media platforms. The content for the same will be sourced from Government archives.
BRIEFING ON COVID-19 ON 7th OF NOVEMBER 2020 FOR NAGALAND BY PRINCIPAL SECRETARY, HOME
The full text is as follows:
“As regard the total number of COVID-19 cases detected today, it is 128 cases- 11 in Kohima, 61 in Dimapur, 54 in Mon and 2 in Peren. The total number of positive cases in the State now stands at 9,455.
Out of the 9,455 positive cases, the total recoveries so far are 8,249. The active cases are 1,071 and there have been 39 deaths. As per the severity of symptoms 1,012 active cases are asymptomatic, 34 active cases are mild, 11 active cases are moderate on oxygen, 8 active cases are severe on oxygen, 2 active cases are critical without oxygen and 4 active cases are on ventilator.
Further, out of 9,455 positive cases, the distribution across various categories of people are: 4,074 cases of Armed Forces/ Police, 1,675 cases of Returnees, 3,245 cases of Traced Contacts and 461 cases of Frontline Workers.
A total of 64,002 samples have been sent for testing through RT-PCR and results of 62,986 samples have been received. In addition, a total 34,208 samples have been sent for testing on Truenat and results of 34,182 samples have been received. Through Rapid Antigen Test 4,397 samples have been tested.”