DIMAPUR, March 26 - Nagaland Department of Agriculture has undertaken construction of 81 rural road projects in the State. These road projects were taken up under Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF-XIX) Programme financed by NABARD.
According to an annual administrative report 2016-17 of the Agriculture Department tabled on the floor of the Nagaland Assembly by Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture YM Yolow, these projects are ongoing programmmes implemented by the department.
It said the rural roads serve the primary need in sustaining agrarian economy of the state to encourage an overall development with availability of better inputs for agricultural production.
During the last decade, there has been gradual increase in cash crop production in the state, mainly ginger, kholar, chilly, cardamom and vegetable crops with considerable marketing surplus and this is attributed partly due to the road communication with the agricultural hinterlands provided by agriculture department under Rural Infrastructure Development Programme, the report stated.
An amount of Rs 38.31 crore has been sanctioned against the 81 projects for RDF-XIX and so far overall 75 per cent of the said work is completed.
The report added that an amount of Rs 21.50 crore has been reimbursed by NABARD.