Dimapur, Dec 11 (UNI) Nagaland Governor K Sankaranarayanan today emphasised the need to increase food production with the help of modern technologies to make the North Eastern region self-sufficient.
Inaugurating the five-day Nagaland Rice Festival, 2007, Mr Sankaranarayanan said most of the states in the region were only consumer states and had to import food products and essential commodities from other states in the country.
He appealed to the state governments of the region to establish more agriculture-allied institutions to train the masses in modern technologies through which the states would be able to meet their food requirements, including staple foods and fruits.
He also appealed to the Agriculture departments of the region to introduce the latest technologies in their respective states for increasing the production.
Nagaland Agriculture Minister Kuzholuzo Nienu said for the first time in the country, a Rice Festival was being organised in Nagaland, which was being attended by all the NE states, except Manipur.
All the varieties of rice produced in the region, preparation methods and several eatables prepared with rice would be introduced and displayed in the festival.
He said the festival was a unique platform to exchange the age-old as well as modern methods of rice cultivation by the various ethnic groups in all the seven NE states.
Earlier, the state Agriculture Production Commissioner and Principal Secretary welcomed the guests and the inaugural function was chaired by state Chief Secretary Lalhuma.