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Monday, 16-July-2018

BLOOMING LEMONS

Imphal| Overcoming all odds, growers of Kachai lemon in Manipur have registered a bumper harvest. The annual yield of the Kachai lemon recorded over 5 metric tonnes this year.

 

Kohima| World Bank will provide a IDA credit of USD 48 million for the Nagaland Health Project which is likely to benefit 600,000 people in the hill state.

The financing agreement was signed yesterday by Raj Kumar, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs on behalf of the  Government of India and Mrs. Genevieve Connors, Acting Country Director, World Bank (India) on behalf of the World Bank.

A Project Agreement was also signed by Dr. L. Watikala, Principal Director, Directorate of Health & Family Welfare, Government of Nagaland and Ms. Connors, an official press release said.

“The objectives of the project are to improve health services and increase their utilization by communities in targeted locations in Nagaland,” officials said. 

Communities in targeted locations will benefit from project activities at the community and health facility levels while the population of the state as a whole will benefit from improvements in higher-level facilities as well as system-wide investments, it added. 

According to the statement, the project will directly benefit about 600,000 people. “It will support and complement existing systems and mechanisms involving communities under the National Health Mission,” it said.

 

Blooming Lemons

Raj Kashyap

Imphal| Overcoming all odds, growers of Kachai lemon in Manipur have registered a bumper harvest. The annual yield of the Kachai lemon recorded over 5 metric tonnes this year.

The lemon is named after Kachai village of Ukhrul district in Manipur, known for  cultivation of high quality Lemon. The production figures emerged at the annual lemon festival held here recently where over 250 lemon growers of Kachai participated.

The event was organized by the Kachai Farming and Processing Co-operative Society and supported by Manipur Organic Mission Agency (MOMA), Manipur Tourism and Manipur State AIDS Control Society (MSACS).

Unlike other lemon varieties, Kachai lemon is rich ascorbic acid content up to 70 to 80 percent. Other lemon varieties have only 20 to 30 percent of acerbic acid. Moreover flavor of Kachai lemon is different from other Lemon varieties. It is more juicier.

Till recently, the production of Kachai lemon, which GI registration in 2015, had been on the decline, but has picked up in the last couple of years.

Kensith Horam, the chairman of the Cooperative Society lamented that despite getting the prestigious GI tag, Kachai lemon production and popularity have not augmented as expected.

During 1990s, not less than 25 to 35 tinfuls of lemon, which is roughly equal to 290 kilograms, could be harvested from a single lemon tree. It has now come down to less 20 tinful of lemon per tree, growers said.

The chairman revealed that the Kachai lemon farmers have decided to go organic and they are being assisted in this direction by Manipur Organic Mission Agency of the State Department of Horticulture.

The Lemon Festival which featured a buyer-seller meet and an organic workshop conducted by MOMA, also gave away awards to lemon growers with scientists of ICAR as juries, who judged the fruits on their size, the juice content and their ascorbic acid content.

Kachai lemon is one of the ten horticultural products from North East India to have got the GI tags and has the highest ascorbic acid, the highest so far in citrus fruit.