Naga Farmers urged to opt organic farming

Pfutsero (Nagaland), October 17 (MExN): An awareness workshop on Organic Food and Farming was organised by North East Network (NEN) and Self Employed Womens Association (SEWA) in Pfutsero Town on October 17. Altogether, 112 participants comprising farmers, Pfutsero Town Council members, representatives of Phek District Farmers Union, colony chairmen, church leaders, youth members, staff members of SDAO and SEWA members attended the programme.

Programme Manager of NEN Nagaland, Wekoweu Tsuhah, in her keynote speech highlighted that traditionally agriculture in Nagaland has always been subsistence and organic, however, in recent years this trend is changing due to the shift towards commercial agriculture thereby compelling farmers to use external inputs such as chemical fertilizers, pesticides and weedicides. This poses a serious concern for peoples health as well as environmental health, and needs to be curbed without further delay with the active participation of diverse stakeholders including the State, local authorities, CSOs, NGOs and farmers, she stated, according to a press release.