MoA organizes virtual meet on Value Chain Creation for Kiwi Fruit
MoA organizes virtual meet on Kiwi Fruit
The Agriculture Ministry today organized a virtual meet on Value Chain Creation for Kiwi Fruit – Farm to Fork to strengthen Prime Minister’s vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat and Vocal for Local. The meeting was chaired by the Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar in presence of the official of Central Institute of Horticulture, Nagaland, keeping in mind the popularity of the fruit due to its tremendous commercial potential.
Addressing the gathering, Mr Tomar said that due to difficult terrain, the entire North East is lagging behind and all Ministries including the Agriculture Ministry are working towards ensuring a progressive North East. He said, this lag can only be removed through a comprehensive vision along with stable policy planning and balanced growth across the region. Mr Tomar stated that the Himalayan Sub – Temperature climate is suitable for Kiwi production and there is a need to introduce high yielding cultivars.
Presently, India is producing 13 thousand tonnes of Kiwi in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram and Himachal Pradesh. The Minister said, India currently imports four thousand tonnes of Kiwis from New Zealand, Italy and Chile. He said, Agriculture Ministry is trying to provide handholding support to Kiwi farmers across the country in order to strengthen Prime Minister’s vision and mission of creating an Atmanirbhar Bharat.