Kohima, Nov. 17: Diplomats from four Southeast Asian countries today visited the ongoing Northeast Agri Expo at 4th Mile in Dimapur.
The visitors included ambassador of Thailand Pisan Manawapat, ambassador of Vietnam Nguyen Thanh Tan, ambassador of Lao PDR Thongphanh Syackhaphom and high commissioner of Malaysia Dato Tan Seng Sung.
They visited the stalls at the expo and stressed on the need to promote trade and commerce between ASEAN nations and the Northeast in line with the Look East policy.
They also expressed interest in fostering closer ties with northeastern states, which, they said, had potential in agri and allied sectors.
Last evening, the diplomats had visited the Naga heritage village, Kisama, 12km from here. This morning, they visited the World War II cemetery, state museum and the North East Zone Cultural Centre in Dimapur. Later, they called on chief minister Neiphiu Rio at his residence.
Last evening, the vice-minister of Laos PDR, Phet Phompiphak, attended the agri expo as the chief guest and witnessed a programme that included fashion, musical and cultural shows in which Sangtam, Zeliang and Kachari communities showcased their folk songs and dances.
Various programmes are being organised on the sidelines of the expo, including an interaction between farmers and scientists on resilient agriculture in the context of climate change. Resource person Nagato K. Aye of the department of agronomy, Nagaland University, said climate-resilient agriculture was based on the concept and practice of sustainable agriculture with an integrated approach.
An interaction on animal husbandry for economic uplift of farmers and a business meet on value chain and market linkage in the Northeast is also under way at the venue.