JICA team at Longsachung village, Wokha.
Wokha, June 4 (MExN): Representatives of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Ikko Watanabe, First Secretary (Food and Agriculture) Economic Section, Embassy of Japan in India, Vineet S Sarin, Chief Development Specialist, JICA India Office, New Delhi and Hidenobu Fujiwara, Representative, JICA India Office New Delhi visited Nagaland to oversee the progress of the Nagaland Forest Management Project (NFMP).
According to a press release, they visited the Project Management Unit (PMU) office at the Kohima Forestry Office Complex and had discussions with NFMP officials on June 1.
During the meeting, a presentation was made by the members of the PMU on the progress of the activities covering all aspects of the project both physical and financial and a short audiovisual of the project was shown. The visiting team said the project has progressed well so far. The JICA team also said that they were impressed with the progress made, especially in GIS and GIS after visiting the GIS and GIS unit of NFMP, she said.
Self Help Group (SHG) of five Divisional Management Units (DMU) viz. Zunheboto, Phek, Peren, Dimapur and Kohima had set up exhibition booths of the activities they undertook as SHGs at the forest bureau complex for the visiting team to showcase the kind of livelihood activities undertaken in the framework of the project. Ikko Watanabe inaugurated the SHG exhibition stands.
On June 2, JICA officials visited DMU Kohima and DMU Wokha and were welcomed by respective DMU officials Rajkumar M, IFS and SW Suman IFS. During the field visit, they were accompanied by Chief Project Manager (CPD) Dharmendra Prakash IFS, Team Leader of Project Management Consultant (PMC), Pranab.
In Terogvunyu village, Kohima, the JICA team laid the foundation stone for the construction of the village gate as an entry point activity under the NFMP. Visiting officials also planted cherry saplings near the proposed village gate site. During a brief interaction with the village community, JICA officials said that the NFMP is a community project and encouraged the village community to work together for the benefit of the future, he said.
The team visited Longsachung village, Wokha and inspected the nursery site, Jhum Agro Forestry (JAF) model, water harvesting structures (WHS) and interacted with at least ten committees joint forest management (JFMC) of the villages of Lots I, II and III. as well as members of SHG who exhibited the products of their Income Generating Activities (IGA).
It may be mentioned here that the NFMP has provided revolving funds to the SHGs to carry out their IGAs. The team also inspected the accounts and other records maintained by the JFMC.