Nagaland Horticulture Minister Kruse visits Italy to explore horticultural potentials for the State

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The Minister of Horticulture of Nagaland, Salhoutuonuo Kruse, recently visited Italy on an official tour to explore the immense potential of the state for horticultural crops. The minister was accompanied by a team of horticultural officers, and they visited the Vivai F. Lli Zanzi farms in Ferrara, Italy, with the objective to establish a potential Indo-Italian temperate demonstration farm in Nagaland.

Nagaland has a unique climate and soil conditions that are ideal for the cultivation of a wide variety of horticulture crops like apples, pears, peaches, plums, grapes, berries, lettuce, pineapple, orange, cucumber, passion fruit, dragon fruit, kiwi, banana, large cardamom, ginger etc.

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The presence of six agro-climatic zones in Nagaland offers opportunities and advantages for cultivating a diverse range of horticultural crops, surpassing the capabilities of other states. Besides, Nagaland also has great potential for export of horticultural produce due to its proximity to South-East Asian countries.

According to a post on X, Kruse mentioned that the team is currently on an official tour at the Vivai F. Lli Zanzi farms in Italy with the objective to establish a potential Indo-Italian temperate demonstration farm in Nagaland.

Kruse posted on X. “On an official tour to VIVAI F.LLI ZANZI farms in Ferrara, Italy, accompanied by my team of horticultural officers, we explored the immense potential our state holds for horticultural crops. Engaging in technical and official discussions with the experts with the aim to establish an Indo-Italian temperate demonstration farm in Nagaland too”.

The state currently lags behind in terms of production and productivity of horticulture crops. But with such initiative of the government there is a possibility of bringing awareness in the potential of the Horticultural Sector by providing training to farmers on the latest technologies and practices for the cultivation of these crops.

This in turn will convince farmers to take up horticultural crops as a full time activity. It will help in bringing about a holistic development of Horticulture in the State and help the horticultural farmers achieve the increasing yield potential so as to maximize their profits.

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