Nagaland farmers will be linked to e-commerce giants Amazon, Flipkart

Officials at the export-oriented seminar and launch of the pilot project on the online sale of great cardamom, at the Niathu Resort in Chümoukedima on Friday. (EM pictures)

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Dimapur, October 28 (EMN): In what could solve the problem of market linkages faced by Nagaland’s spice growers, a pilot project on selling large cardamoms online that will link farmers’ organizations with e-commerce giants like Amazon, Flipkart and others, was launched.

On Friday, the Spice Board India, Ministry of Trade and Industry, held an export-focused seminar focusing on Nagaland spices, in addition to launching an online sales pilot project at Niathu Resort, Chümoukedima .

Speaking at the inaugural session of the seminar, Department of Horticulture and Border Affairs Advisor Mhathung Yanthan said the biggest problem facing farmers in the state is the lack of agricultural infrastructure. market and market organization which must be established.

He said poor quality, low productivity, lack of knowledge, socio-economic factor and lack of awareness about pests and diseases are some of the challenges that are preventing the state from reaching the true potential of cultivation and spice products.

He pointed out that farmers have low storage capacity and that due to poor resources, there are no cold storage facilities at farm level, nor post-harvest facilities. harvesting and processing or organized market and market infrastructure, so that farmers are obliged to sell the product raw or fresh. at low prices.

The legislator said that to make spice cultivation sustainable and profitable, all the agencies responsible for spice development should come together and take certain measures like identifying the right varieties from different crops.

While saying that more research centers for all kinds of crops should be established in the North East region, he told the implementing agencies about the need to set up low-cost processing facilities in the farms as well as in the bunches, after the harvest.

Citing the increase in area and volume of spice production in Nagaland, he called on the Spice Board India to upgrade the Nagaland office, adding that the state was not lagging behind when it comes to spice production. export of spices.

Yanthan said the launch of online sale of large cardamoms is a key initiative in integrating trade to develop the economy in northeast India and improve the development of spices.

He expressed optimism that the platform will bring the spice community together, allowing growers to connect with spice builders across the country, participate in the sale and purchase of spice products. ‘spices, as well as attracting a large number of exporters around the world.

The NLA further urged exporters and traders to consistently support the state’s spice growers by sourcing their products organic and chemical-free.

Revenue from spices

BN Jha, Director (Marketing), Spices Board Kochi, said that the Spice Board has initiated measures to bring the market closer together through the electronic mode, such as selling large cardamoms online, and will link the organizations of farmers to e-commerce platforms like Amazon. , Flipkart and others. This will solve the problems of distance and links to markets, he added.

Jha updated that the North East produces about 753626 MT of various spices which generated INR 715.536 lakh in 2021-2022, while Nagaland’s share was 42265 MT corresponding to revenue of 14.907 lakh INR, indicating that there is vast potential for growth. .

In 2021-2022, Nagaland produced 2,061 MT of garlic, 181 MT of turmeric, 1,748 MT of king chili, 35,321 MT of ginger (fresh) and 1,079 MT of large cardamom, he updated.

Imperfect practice

Agricultural Production Commissioner and Agriculture Department Secretary Y Kikheto Sema said the unique practice of jhum and shifting cultivation in the state is not sufficiently included in curricula or textbook curricula. . However, he believes that this practice is neither economically viable nor environmentally sustainable.

Encouraging farmers and entrepreneurs, he said state and central governments are ready to help those who want to work and produce.

He said the soil in Nagaland is considered to be some of the youngest in the world and has not been affected by the green revolution, which means that everything that comes out of it is organic in itself. However, farmers face problems in post-harvest management, such as drying, grading, packaging and market linkages, he said, adding that it needs to be addressed in order to enable farmers to farmers to get better price realization.

He further updated that the large production of cardamom in the state covers an area of ​​about 3873 hectares and produces about 2133 metric tons (MT); ginger covers 4724 hectares of land and produces about 35,000 MT; turmeric covers 649 hectares of land and produces 9191 MT; and Naga king chilly covers 606 hectares of land and produces 2490 MT.

Co-director of the Industries and Commerce department, Tokugha Achumi; and Dr Sathiyan, Secretary of Spices Board, Kochi also spoke at the event.

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