The northeast can become India’s organic food basket: Murmu

President Draupadi Murmu said on Wednesday that with 70 percent of Nagaland’s farming practices still traditional and organic, the North East region has the potential to become the country’s organic food basket.

“Nagaland has a lot to offer when it comes to agriculture and agricultural products. Indeed, the entire North East has the potential to become the country’s organic food basket. Nagaland’s good quality agri-food and horticultural products are in high demand in the markets. I am glad to know that Naga tree tomato, Naga cucumber and Naga Mircha are GI labeled,” Murmu said in his speech at a civic reception in Kohima, the capital of Nagaland.

She said the opening of “Naturally Nagaland” outlets by the state government has provided a new platform for local entrepreneurs, farmers and weavers to sell traditional handicrafts and looms, the Naga shawl and other varieties of organic products.

Murmu is visiting Nagaland, Mizoram and Sikkim. On the first day of her visit to Nagaland, the President practically inaugurated and laid the foundation stones for various projects such as schools, roads and bridges and bank buildings.

Murmu said there is huge tourism potential in Nagaland.

“With a literacy rate of over 80%, skilled young men and women in Nagaland with a good command of the English language work in IT, hospitality and other industries across the country. India Providing young people with a holistic education remains the key to helping them realize their true potential.”

Hailing Nagaland’s high female literacy rate, which is above the national average, the President said Nagaland is the safest place for women in the country.

“It demonstrates the great respect given to women in Naga society,” she said and urged women in Nagaland to come forward and be more involved in public life.

Governor Jagdish Mukhi, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton and representatives from various tribes attended the ceremony.

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