Kohima, February 17 (NEx): The Additional Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Abhilaksh Likhi IAS, today launched ‘Noklak Honey’ at Central Institute of Horticulture (CIH) at Medziphema.
The Superintendent of Police, Noklak, Dr. Pritpal Kaur, IPS informed that, with the coordination of Central Institute of Horticulture, Medziphema, Noklak Agro Revolution Society and Noklak Police, a new brand, ‘Noklak Honey’ was launched today in a review meeting of Central Sector Schemes on FPOs chaired by Abhilaksh Likhi IAS, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture.
The SP Noklak, while representing the ‘Noklak Honey’ stated that ‘Farming is the backbone of every society’, and Noklak being a newly created district, doesn’t have the presence of many departments. However, empowerment of farmers and Beekeepers is important for upliftment of the rural economy.
The SP also said that an organized way of farming is required, therefore, around 40 Bee Keepers from Noklak will undergo training at Guwahati in collaboration with CIH Medziphema, to enhance the efficiency of Bee keepers and production. Every village will send 2 to 3 Bee Keepers, who will become master trainers and will teach their respective villagers after completing their training at Guwahati.
Speaking to NagalandExpress, the president of Noklak Region People’s organization, Hangthing said that many types of Honey are found in Noklak district from different types of bees like Rock Bee, Stingless bee and Sting Bee, and the district is able to harvest around 5000 to 6000 litres of Honey every year.
“The district lack filtration equipments, infrastructure and business connections”, he said. Through the initiative taken up by SP Noklak and with the help of the government, he is hopeful that the villagers will get a better market and upgrade beekeeping to enhance their livelihood instead of solely depending on rice cultivation.
While the SP Noklak, goes beyond her call of duty to teach aspirants of competitive exams during the morning hours along with other officers, she also helps with drug addicts and formed an anti-Drug squad to curb the menace of drugs in the international border area. She informed that, two months back, 120 drug addicts undergoing OST treatment was also taught Bee keeping by the Noklak Police to earn their livelihood after their treatment is finished.
Further, the SP informed that around 300 Honey Bee Keepers in Noklak district are coming together to form an FPO farmer’s production company soon. Also, Ginger candies made by Noklak women SHG was represented at the exhibition later at CIH, Medziphema.