In October this year, the tiny Himalayan State of Sikkim was declared as India’s first organic State by United Nations for its farming policies that benefitted over 66,000 farmers. According to World Future Council, tourism in the State had also increased by 50% between 2014 and 2017.
Like Sikkim, Nagaland is also predominantly hilly and blessed with favourable conditions, but the picture is a stark contrast as local farmers continue to fend for themselves. Though there is a thin silver lining with cooperative societies like Green Shelves Agri Produce and Marketing Cooperative Society trying to ameliorate the condition of local farmers, there is still a lot left desired on various fronts.
Talking to Nagaland Post after the brief inauguration of a farmers’ store by Green Shelves Agri Produce and Marketing Cooperative Society at Lhomithi village on Monday, society chairman Bumo Chang underlined the following challenges that needed to be addressed for local farmers to gain a better a foothold in the market.