Continuing its efforts to promote export of the state’s agricultural produce, the Nagaland government has constituted a 7-member committee with Nagaland State Agriculture Marketing Board (NSAMB) chief executive officer G Inkuto Zhimomi.

The state government has formed the committee to promote export of agriculture produce of the state at the initiative of agriculture production commissioner Y Kikhieto Sema.

The committee has been asked to submit its report on regulating export, pricing, quality management, transportation, air cargo and logistic support to entrepreneurs to the agriculture production commissioner within a month.

The committee was formed after an interactive session with the entrepreneurs of the state on export promotion of farm produce under the brand name “Naturally Nagaland” here on Monday.

On March 11, the agri and allied departments held a buyer-seller meet here to draw the buyers from various parts of the country to the state to promote marketing of the state’s produce.

The government has decided to market all agri and horticulture products of the State under the brand name “Naturally Nagaland” in other parts of the country.

Sema announced this at the interactive session on Monday.

He said the Nagaland emporium at Cannaught Place in Delhi has already started marketing the state’s products under the banner of Naturally Nagaland.

He said the NSAMB is the nodal agency for implementation of the State’s agricultural export policy.

He asked the entrepreneurs to tie up with the board to trade their produce outside the state.

Observing that there is no scope for setting up any other industry in Nagaland in the near future, Sema said the only hope for the state is the agri and allied sector industry.

He said the NSAMB will facilitate the entrepreneurs in marketing the agricultural produce by guiding and providing them logistic support.

He told the entrepreneurs that the Centre has provided 50% discount on transport of the State’s produce in air cargo and railway. He urged them to take advantage of it.

The entrepreneurs exchanged their views and offered their suggestions to promote marketing of the farm produce.

Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at: bhadragogoi@yahoo.com