Dimapur, March 02 (NEx): The Chief Minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio, officially launched the Air Cargo Services at Dimapur Airport today, by flagging off 111 cartoons of perishable and non-perishable fruits and vegetables including some finished products at Dimapur Airport.
Addressing the inaugural programme, Chief Minister termed the introduction of Air Cargo Services as a historic occasion for the state. He said that Nagaland is blessed with vast land resources with varied agro-climatic condition and the state has wide range of potential to produce organic products. Along with farmers, the educated youth showing interest in modern farming with capacity to produce high quality and valued fruits and vegetables, making those produces to reach the Cosmopolitan cities where there are demands would be a huge challenge for everybody.
However, he was positive that the farmers as well as the entrepreneurs would take it seriously and the agri, horti and allied departments would not only stick to demonstration farm or working on pilot basis but empower the entrepreneurs to be a partner in the supply chain and should also come to the rescue of post-harvest management like packaging and value addition so that the right prices were fetched and the farmers were duely benefited, adding that unless framers are stable and rich we cannot say that our society is strong.
Stressing on the challenges ahead, Rio said that the farmers should produce consistently and the produce should reach the air cargo station in quickest time with least cost at the same time maintaining the quality. He also felt the need to educate the farmers and even the entrepreneurs through workshops or to have discussion and make them understand how better business can be done where farmers and the people who are involved doing business, transporting from farms to air cargo station get their share of profits and the consumers should be satisfied.
Regional Executive Director, AAI, North East Region, M. Suresh and Minister, Horticulture and Border Affairs, Nagaland, Mhathung Yanthan, delivered the keynote address during the programme while a dedicatory prayer was offered by Senior Pastor, Thilixu Village Baptist Church, Dimapur, Rev. Dr. Hevukhu Achumi. The programme was chaired by Commissioner & Secretary, Horticulture Department, Anenla T. Sato.
(With inputs from DIPR)