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Central team in drought hit Nagaland

Correspondent, Kohima, India
The Inter-Ministerial Central Teams which arrived at Kohima on to assess the situation in the wake of drought in Nagaland, held a meeting with the officials of Agri & Allied Departments at Hotel Japfü. Chief Secretary of Nagaland, Lalthara attended the meeting along with a host of other senior government officers.

Home Commissioner, Nagaland, Mathung Kithan chaired the meeting and also gave the introduction while Commissioner & Secretary, Vety & AH & Sericulture, Thangi Manen welcomed the Central Team on behalf of the state. Reports on drought like situation in the state were presented during the meeting which was followed by interaction with the Central Team.

The Central Team consisting of Dr. S.K. Biswas (Directorate of Jute Dev.), Y.C. Sharma (Ministry of Finance), B.P. Nagar (Deptt. of AHD & Fisheries), S. Talukdar (Planning Commission) and S.C. Gargh, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, who is the Team Leader is visiting various drought affected districts in the state for assessment

Lolano P. Khuvung in Kohima adds:

Officials from the Directorate of Soil & Water Conservation, Kohima informed that the entire state of Nagaland has received the lowest rainfall in 20 years. District wise rainfall data from February to January shows a departure percentage of Kohima (-) 46.9; Dimapur (-) 48.5; Peren (-) 61.1; Wokha (-) 28.4; Mokokchung (-) 27.5; Phek (-) 34.6; Kiphire (-) 20.0; Tuensang (-) 33.5; Zunheboto (-) 38.0 and Mon (-) 53.0

The officials observed that cultivation or sowing seeds starts in the month of February and crops require optimum moisture for ideal growth between February and June. However, rainfall received during these months was deficient. This has affected agricultural and horticultural crops to a large extent, informed the officials.    September 17, 2009