Rural haat bring smiles to farmers

ZIRO, Aug 30: A joint NABARD and Arunachal State Rural Livelihood Mission sponsored rural haat at Pengu was inaugurated on Tuesday bringing cheers to farmers, members of self-help groups and co-operative societies of agri, horti and allied producers.

The large, spacious, open-air SPT building costing Rs 16.21 lakh with another adjoining building consisting of an office room, store room and toilets, is located facing the highway which would be a great boon to both the sellers and buyers. Farmers, particularly from Mudang-Tage, Bamin-Michi, Dutta, Hari and Hong villages are likely to benefit the most.

NABARD general manager Partho Saha, in his inaugural address, expressed satisfaction on its timely completion and advised the management committee to ensure that it run on alternative basis by sellers of agri, horti, handloom and handicraft producers on rotation basis. While informing that NABARD was also sponsoring few water conservation projects and a similar haat at Ziro-II, he assured to sanction more rural haat projects for Ziro, if the present one runs successfully.

Advocating upkeep and maintenance of the haat, Lower Subansiri DC Bamin Nime advised the farmers to replicate the Tawang-Bomdila model where farmers sold their products directly to Indian Army mess to get reasonable return for their products without delay. He suggested exploring same possibility with para-military forces which are in large number here. Nime also advocated convergence among various related departments for benefit of famers and ensuring successful ventures.

While thanking generous land donors for the haat, NABARD DDM M.Lowang advised the management committee to ensure upkeep of the haat from the revenues accrued from it.

Diibo North ZPM Koj Yana, horticulture development officer Hibu Dante and ASRLM DMM Senong Namchoom, in their addresses, urged farmers to make the venture a success. (DIPRO)

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