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DIPR Naga News (20.11.2021)


Country Director, IFAD, Han Ulac Demirag on 19th November 2021, protracted his visit to the southern part of the Angami region to review the progress of activities being implemented under the IFAD-FOCUS. Team IFAD Nagaland, spearheaded by APC and Mission Director FOCUS, Nagaland, Y. Kikheto Sema IAS, State Project Director- FOCUS, S. Tainiu with officials from Agri & Allied department accompanying him during the farm visit .

“I see lots of promising pilot activities and it is important to bring the right technology and enhance the production”, stated Demirag while visiting the project site at Sakabama and Jakhama village. He said the activities and designs have to be made on a really systematic build up and a concrete plan.

He said he has seen positive stories in all the target groups, he assured that he will look forward to approve a new structure of packages and design and a model developed to suit the Naga farming activities for the project to progress successfully.

APC and Mission Director FOCUS, Nagaland, Y. Kikheto Sema, visiting a FOCUS- IFAD project site at Jakhama. He was grateful that the Country Director has visited the state and asisted the farmers to undertake the project further.

The APC stated that the project was delayed in the implementation due to various reasons relating to parliamentary elections and subsequently the surge of Covid-19 which halted the project and could not be taken up on the date as expected.

He proposed to introduce a technology intervention in new tissue culture of potatoes. He stressed that ‘potato’ is next to rice as far as staple food is concerned and the life shield is more, yet the traditional method of farming and the way the farmers are cultivating in such a terrain area makes it difficult for any surplus production of crops, therefore intervention of this new technology will bring down the head loads and hardships to an easier and sustainable cultivation, he also added that it will produce better production and exotic crops originating from the State.

Sema stated that CIP experts had visited and surveyed the project sites a month earlier and reported that the climatic condition are suitable and favourable, therefore he assured that by the second week of December 16, progressive farmers and 4 technical officer from the State will be sent for a hands on knowledge training to learn about the advantages of new tissue culture which is intended to be started by the next season with the consent of IFAD. He further requested the IFAD to assist them in sponsoring during the activities taken up with the International Potato Center (CIP) so that the project is not halted anywhere between the developmental stages.

His key focus was in construction of farm roads, water bodies and facilities in infrastructure for post-harvest management, he also laid special emphasis on providing marketing support for the farmers’ produce while also calling for value addition to it. Kikheto mentioned that the designs laid by the IFAD are appreciable however, he noted that few important activities which can really benefit the farming community need to be more focused. ‘We do not want to look on multiple activities which is not achievable, we are planning on few specific areas which are achievable’, added Kikheto and requested the IFAD to redesign and include some of the activities and package on the need based of the farmers, and the policies and program to rolled out accordingly which will suit the Naga farming activities.

He also suggested that convergent projects can be initiated between the community and the MGNREGA schemes for farm roads and other infrastructure development.

 ‘Food security and sustainability is possible only when there is availability of water and our people should not only depend on the rain for cultivating summer and winter crops’ he said this, as water bodies is necessitated in any sustainable farming to ensure year round cultivation feasibility in all the areas and seasons.

The APC also appealed to focus on conservation of forest to reduce effects of climate change and urged them for a settled sustainable farming whole round the year rather than jhumming on the hill tops.

On interacting with the farmers at Jakhama, Country Director, Demerag was amazed at the farmers, cultivation at an altitude of 2100 meters on hill top, the reason being low pest infestation at higher altitude, however APC was of the view that with the new intervention of technology in tissue culture, farming will be possible in low lying areas nearby which will yield better crops and enhance production and sustainability and boost the farmers by generating better incomes.

The farmers expressed gratitude for the government initiative towards assisting the farmers in introducing new technologies and machineries. They expressed satisfaction over the farm roads and water bodies constructed by IFAD FOCUS which have contributed much in enhancing their productivity.

(Siizo Kikhi, IA Kohima)


World Fisheries Day, 2021 was celebrated at Government Fish Farm, Thizama, Kohima on 20th November 2021 with Advisor, Fisheries & Aquatic Resources, Economics & Statistics, L. Khumo Khiamniungan as the special guest. The World Fisheries Day is celebrated on 21st November annually, however as it falls on Sunday this year is, the programme has been preponed a day.

Advisor, Khumo Khiamniungan stated that fishery provides a very good employment opportunity and a source of income for many families. He said many people are able to sustain their family because of it. He urged the fish farmers to stop depending on the Government for funds to take up various activities. The Advisor also urged the people to take up fishery as an occupation as it provides various opportunities. He called upon the fish farmers to sough technical advice and help from the Department officials for better fish harvest and also asked them to work together with various sections of the society.

Secretary, Fisheries & Aquatic Resources, Anoop Khinchi, IAS, who also chaired the programme, in his welcome address stressed on the importance to practice fishery in a sustainable way. He stated that about 2.8 million people in the country are employed in fishery and related activities. Khinchi added that only about 11½ % of fishery potential is being utilized in the State. He also said that fishery activities could be a huge employment generation opportunity for the State. He called upon the fish farmers to form Fish Farmers’ Organisations. He also spoke on the importance of paddy cum fish culture and ornamental fishing.

Delivering the key note address, Director, Fisheries & Aquatic Resources, Kevisa Kense, IAS, stressed on the need for increase in inland fishing as there is scope for it, unlike marine fishing where there is a decline. He stated the Department has provided refrigerated vans for preserving the fishes and transporting it to the market. Kense highlighted on the need for the fishes to reach the market as there are many fisheries in the State. He stated that fish is one of the most nutritious food and the sector is one of the most profitable among all agri. and allied departments. The Director urged the public to stop depending fully on the Government for funds for various projects. He also urged the fish farmers to maintain and keep the water bodies clean.

Best Fish Farmer Award from all the districts of the State was presented to a fish farmer every district. Pangjunglemba, a fish farmer from Mokokchung, shared his success story on how he is able to make a living and sustain his family through fishery.

Training on need based fish farming practices was also conducted during the event. SDFO, Rulanthung Ezung presented on Fish Farm Management Practices while FI, Tsutsamo Ezung presented on Composite Fish Culture. Training on Paddy cum fish Culture and Common Crap Breeding was presented by SDFO, Khriezhato Nakhro. It was followed by an interaction with the fish farmers.

(Wepre Kronu, APRO)


The department of Food & Civil Supplies, Nagaland in collaboration with Centre for Health Research Innovation (CHRI) and National Stock Exchange (NSE) foundation as part of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ by government of India, organised an awareness campaign on fortified rice on 20th November 2021.

Advisor, Food and Civil Supplies, Pukhayi Sumi, gracing the programme as special guest said the programme is being conducted to promote rice fortification to address the prevalence of iron deficiency anemia in the state. He also said that fortified rice has been identified as one of the key intervention by the Government of India which has now become part of National Flagship Programme like POSHAN Abhiyaan and Anaemia Mukht Bharat as a preventive strategy to tackle anemia which is a cost-effective, culturally appropriate strategy to address micro nutrient deficiency.

Satakshie Sharma, CHRI, speaking on the importance of Rice Fortification in diet and overall health said that rice fortification refers is a process of adding nutrients such as  iron, folic acid etc. to regular rice keeping in mind the dietary requirements to improve the nutritional quality of food and to provide public health benefit. She said that rice being India’s staple foods fortifying rice with micro nutrients became an option to supplement the diet of the people. Highlighting the benefits of fortified rice to the gathering, she encouraged the gathering to consume the rice which would be available for all beneficiaries through public distribution system without any hesitation.

The programme was chaired by Director, Food and Civil supplies. As part of the demonstration of fortified rice, fortified rice packets and food packets were also distributed to the beneficiaries.

(Watimenla IA Dimapur) 


A programme on Distribution of ‘Aerobio’ Complete Human Waste Management Solution, Blue & Green Waste Bins & Flag – Off of Road Sweeper Vehicles was held on 19th of November, 2021 at Aerobio Manufacturing Unit, Thilixu Atosa, Dimapur.

Guest of Honor, Advisor, Municipal Affairs and Urban Development, Dr. Neikiesalie Kire mentioned that the use of Aerobio properly will bring a change in the society and the change should start within us and stated his appreciation and kudos to the Municipal team

Presentation on Aerobio was conducted by Proprietor, Aerobio Production Unit, Watinuksung Jamir. He mentioned that Aerobio that it is an indigenous formulation consisting of novel bacterial consortia. Aerobio can completely break down human faeces and rapidly make an environment foul odour free. It can metabolize complex forms of substrates that constitute the faeces aerobically, Aerobio is made up of bacteria isolated indigenously, can work across a range of temperature and there is no production of methane gas. Aerobio does not alter the biological communities when applied in an environment, and Aerobio are non-pathogenic, he also mentioned that Aerobio eliminates the odour and harmful causing agents completely and no methane gas is generated. Sludge will be reduced by Aerobic

The end result will be CO2 and water and the water will be sub-neutral to neutral pH and can be recycled for multiple uses. It eliminates periodical sewage tank evacuation & control over ground water contamination & ensure clean and safe drinking

Speech on Usage of Blue & Green Waste Bins was given by Jt. Director, DMA, Temjenrenla Kechü. She mentioned about solid waste management which consists of three categories, namely biodegradable, recyclable and inert waste. The blue bins is for dry waste and the green bins is for wet waste. The proper utilisation of it can improve waste problem up to 60 – 70 percentage. She encouraged the usage of blue and green bins and a proper dumping site for inert waste.

Aerobio and waste bins were distributed to all the ULBs under Dimapur District. Vote of thanks by Jt. Director, DMA, Temjenrenla Kechü while the program was chaired by Addl. Director & HoD, DMA, A. Chenithung Lotha.

Advisor, Dr. Neikiesalie Kire also flagged off the road sweeper vehicles during the event.

(Sebu Lam, IA Dimapur)


Advisor, Horticulture & Borders Affairs Mhathung Yanthan on 18th November 2021 formally recommissioned the Fruit Canning Factory at Longnak, Mokokchung.

Advisor, Mhathung Yanthan lauded all those involved in bringing the Longnak Canning Factory back to life. He stressed on the need to run the factory consistently and urged the villagers to take up farming as an enterprise by harnessing the potential of the area and also sought their continuous support and cooperation for all round development.

Commissioner & Secretary, Horticulture, Anenla T Sato, IAS delivered the keynote address and a brief report on the Longnak Canning Factory was presented by Deputy Director, Horticulture, Meyasashi. Short speeches were delivered by Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mangkolemba, Dharam Raj and Chairman, Changki Village Council, Lemtimenba Amri. Vote of thanks was proposed by Fruit Technological Officer, Longnak Aoimrong while the programme was chaired by Director, Horticulture and Mission Director (MIDH), Dr. Elithung Lotha.

It may be mentioned that the Fruit Canning Factory at Longnak started in 1964 and was commissioned as Quasi-Commercial unit on 5th May 1974. The factory has a capacity of 250 MT annually. The factory was kept on hold in 2006, primarily for up gradation and revitalization. During 2010, the Department engaged an Expert Team from Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysore for feasibility study and preparation of detail plan for modernization of the factory. The expert team recommended a total revival cost to the tune of Rs. 411.74 lakhs out of which the Planning Commission, Government of India awarded Rs.100.00 Lakhs. The restoration work is now completed and is now starting to manufacture processed products of Bamboo shoots, pineapple, kiwi, oranges, passion fruit, etc.

Earlier in the day, the Advisor visited Progeny Orchard, Longnak.

(APRO Mangkolemba)


The inaugural Nagaland Cross Country Championship was held on 19th November 2021 at Indira Gandhi Stadium, Kohima. The event was flagged off by Vice President of the Athletics Federation of India (AFI), Abu Metha. The Competion was also witnessed by Chairman of AFI Technical Committee and President of Telangana Athletic Association, Stanley Jones and Technical Official, AFI, Sambhudas Bandopadhaya.

The event was a huge success with over 200 athletes from the various districts of Nagaland taking part in the competition.

The day kicked off with the senior men’s 10 km event.  Nahtei N Wangnao came in first with a time of 35:57, followed by Cuvoto Medeo and Wede T Mero in third. The senior women 10 km saw Tsuchoi T come in first with a time of 43:55 followed by Songmo P and Peiheteile Esalung. The other results of the competition are as follows:

U20 boys (8km)

  1. Taliyanger Ozukum – 32:08
  2. Kughato Swu
  3. Lhouvisalie Mere

U20 girls (6km)

  1. Niansai T – 29:26
  2. Vekholhulü
  3. Calista Tungoe

U18 boys (6km)

  1. Muchiu – 23:20
  2. Shosu Pohena
  3. Ngonuyi Yhobu

U18 girls (4km)

  1. Vesatsülu Khesoh – 18:33
  2. Chimmushe
  3. Nirmala Rai

U 16 boys (2km)

  1. Kiutsu – 7:41
  2. Yongwan Kahkok
  3. Thejanguzo Pfukha

U16 girls (2km)

  1. Neikethonuo Janet – 9:23
  2. Imtisangla Kangshou
  3. Khrotsho-u Tsuhah

Winners from each category were awarded with cash prizes. Winners of the senior men and women walked away with Rs.20,000 for 1st prize, Rs. 15,000 for 2nd and Rs. 10,000 for 3rd. The rest of the cash prizes were for the rest of the categories were Rs. 10,000 for 1st, Rs. 7,000 for 2nd and Rs. 5,000 for 3rd.

                                                                                                (Temjenkaba, IA)


A one-day training programme on value addition of fish products for Nagaland State Rural Livelihood Mission (NSRLM) Self Help Groups (SHGs) under Gender Budgeting 2020-2021 implemented by department of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources, Government of Nagaland was conducted on 19th November 2021 at Wokha.

The resources persons for the day were District Fisheries & Aquatic Resources Officer, Wokha, C. Dory Yanthan, District Functional Specialist Daniel Ovung, Area Coordinator Renbeni Patton and Victor Ovung and other supporting staff assisted in conducting the training programme.

These time the trainees (SFGs) were selected from Englan Range area as the villages are in close proximity to Doyang, whereby they can easily get/procure fresh fishes from Doyang, as local Doyang fishes are bountifully available and can be availed anytime.

28 trainees from 13 (thirteen) different SHGs from Englan Yingsung Federation (EYF) and Village Level Organisation (VLO) from villages like Old & New Riphyim village, old & New Changsu village, Englan and Yikhum Village attended the training programme. The trainees were imparted hands-on demonstration and training about making Fish- cutlets, Fish- fingers, Fish- pickles and fish- soup.

District Fisheries & Aquatic Resources Officer, Wokha, C. Dory Yanthan while briefing the trainees stated that hygiene is very important and asked the trainees to wear proper gears while preparing the products and she also shared about the different qualities of ingredients and proportionate use of ingredients for quality production. Yanthan also urged the trainees to be sincere and attend the training programme seriously as we can earn livelihood for our survivor. She also added that this is a convergence programme with NSRLM and implemented by department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.

It may be mentioned that value added fish products is so attractive in the processing industry today with the fact that, this process generates and accelerates earnings and also plays a major role in the employment generation especially for weaker sections and women folks. Thus the State Fishery department has been contemplating such knowledge of value addition in all parts of the districts of the State especially for the individuals, educated unemployed, gender empowerment approaches like NGOs, women and SHGs etc to help them establish small scale enterprise based on value added fish products, which will trigger tremendous positive response from our local populace.

(Zubenthung, IA Wokha)


Along with the rest of the World, Public Health Engineering Department (PHED), Phek observed the week-long World Toilet week, organized by DWSM PHED Phek and sponsored by WSSO PHED Kohima.

Cleanliness drives was conducted at Government High School, Sohomi village on 16th November and Good Shepherd School, Pholami village on 17th November, followed by cleaning of Anganwadi centres at Phek village on 17th November. On 19th November, Painting competition and cleanliness drive was carried out at Government High School, Akhegwo village.



Nagaland Board of School Education has notified for the information of the Heads of Registered Institutions that the Ministry of Education, Department of School Education & Literacy, Government of India has directed State Boards to celebrate 26th November as Samvidan Diwas (Constitution Day) to commemorate the day of adoption of our Constitution, as a part of ‘Azadi Ki Amrit Mahotsav’

President of India will be leading the celebration of Constitution Day live from Central Hall of Parliament on 26th November 2021 from 11:00 am onwards. The occasion will be graced by Vice President, Prime Minister, Speaker, Ministers, MPs and other dignitaries. The programme will be live streamed through Sansad TV/DD/Other TV channels and online portals.

The Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs will be setting up the following two portals so that school children can participate in these celebrations:

Portal for reading Preamble to the Constitution in 23 languages, i.e., 22 official languages and English. (

  • Portal for “Online Quiz on Constitutional Democracy”. (
  • These portals will be accessible to everybody to participate and get certificates.

Therefore, all Heads of Institutions have been requested to take note of the above celebration and take necessary action. Webinars/any other activity befitting the occasion may also be organized on 26th November 2021 while keeping COVID protocols in mind.