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‘Commercialisation and sustainable development should go hand in hand’

ZIRO, 26 NOV 

 

Commercialization has to be in synchronous with nature and sustainable development is the watchword for a tribal state like Arunachal Pradesh, said Secretary Industries, Trade & Commerce Hage Tari during the ODOP workshop held at Ziro here.

 

The one-day workshop on ‘One District One Product (ODOP)’ under Pradhan Mantri Formalization of Micro Food Processing Enterprise (PMFME) as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav was held at Ziro yesterday. Kiwi fruit had been officially adopted as ODOP for Lower Subansiri district.

 

Citing various sustainable development models of developed countries, Tari advised the local kiwi growers not to give way to commercialization by forsaking ecological balance gifted down by their forefathers.

 

“Ziro has a unique symbiotic relationship between man and nature and that is why it has been shortlisted as a potential World Heritage Site. This symbiotic relationship between man and his paddy field, bamboo grove, dry land area and pine-grove has withstood the test of time in maintaining ecological balance and any large scale ecological disruption of the relationship would be disastrous for a small place like Ziro without any large river near its vicinity as a source of water”, he said.

 

He further advised kiwi farmers not to cultivate kiwi in their paddy fields but to rather practise their farming in drylands without destruction of wet rice paddy fields, bamboo and pine groves.

 

Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner SomchaLowang called for organic kiwi cultivation and warned the farmers against using pesticides and injections for the early ripening of the fruit.

 

District administration would take stern steps if any such malpractices are brought to its notice, she said while citing the example of Naara Aba Wine, the country’s only organic wine originating from Ziro.

 

Highlighting the importance of Pradhan Mantri Formalization of Micro Food Processing Enterprise (PMFME), Director Industry TaruTalo informed that PMFME had been launched in 2020 and aims to enhance individual micro-enterprises in the unorganized segment of food processing industry and to support farmer produce organizations, self-help groups and producers cooperatives along the entire value chain.

 

He further highlighted that the objectives of the scheme were to build the capability of micro-enterprises through access to credit by existing micro food processing enterprises, FPO’s, SHG’s and cooperatives, integration with organized supply chain by strengthening, branding and marketing, increased access to common services like common processing facility, laboratories, storage, packaging, marketing and incubation services, strengthening institution in research and training in the food processing sector and increased access to professional and technical support.

 

Explaining the essence of ODOP, Talo informed that under ODOP micro units engaged in food processing enterprises will be supported with a credit-linked capital subsidy of 35 per cent with a maximum ceiling of Rs 10 lakh. Seed capital of Rs 40,000 per member of SHG would also be provided to SHG’s registered under State Rural Livelihood Mission (SRLM).

 

Talo further informed that ODOP broadly had four components including support to individuals and groups of micro-enterprises, branding and marketing support, support for strengthening of institutions and setting up robust project management programmes. The scheme would also support clusters and groups such as FPO’s, SHG’s and producer cooperatives along their entire value chain for sorting, grading, assaying, storage, common processing, packaging, marketing, processing of agri-produce and testing laboratories.

 

Deputy Director Industry GoliAngu gave a power-point presentation on the details of ODOP scheme, Assistant Director MSME-DI Amit Bajpayi on services and schemes related to MSME, Food Safety Officer TarakTatek on the importance of food safety while Horticulture Development Officer Hibu Dante highlighted the scope and potential of kiwi farming in Lower Subansiri district.

 

Later, Secretary and Director Industry paid field visits to Industrial Estate, Government Industrial Training Institute, Manipolyang and also visited District Industry Office. (DIPRO)

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