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Endeavour seamless transfer of knowledge from ‘lab to land’: VP tells ICAR-NRCM Scientists

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Vice President, M Venkaiah Naidu addressing the scientists from ICAR National Research Center on Mithun and ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, during his visit to the institutes, in Dimapur, Nagaland on October 07, 2021.

DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 7: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday reminded scientists at ICAR-National Research Centre on Mithun, Jharnapani, Medziphema, that technical know-how generated in a laboratory has no meaning unless it reaches the farmers.

In a visit that would also be remembered for how he politely suggested the ICAR staff to “keep it simple” their well-meaning gesture to “felicitate” the guests ~ a permanent and usually extravagant feature across events in Nagaland, especially when it involves VIPs and politicians ~ the Vice President told the scientists at the Centre that seamless transfer of knowledge from ‘lab to land’ should be their constant endeavour.
At another point of the function, when an official of the Centre was about to highlight the Institute’s activities, Naidu told him: “Just in brief…highlight what is happening here. Don’t go to background, I am aware of it.”
In his brief speech, the Vice President challenged the scientists to come up with innovative research to protect and conserve the rich bio-resources and livestock of the Northeast region.
“Our scientific institutions should work for development of location-specific technologies which are sustainable, climate resilient and culturally in sync with the tribal cultures of the region”, he said.
Naidu pointed out that agriculture in the hilly region of Northeast India faces many constraints such as undulating terrain, inaccessibility, floods, soil erosion and landslides.

“Climate change is further accentuating these extreme events. I fear that this beautiful but ecologically fragile region will be very adversely impacted by any rise in global temperatures. Therefore, I urge our scientists and researchers to focus their attention in advance to find solutions to the farmers’ problems likely to be caused by global warming.
“We should focus not only on increasing productivity but also make sure that our agriculture practices are sustainable in the long term. I am happy to know that this ICAR Research Complex is working to evolve sustainable integrated farming systems for jhum improvement and restoration of degraded lands”, he said.
According to him, one good thing about the NE States is their focus on organic agriculture.
“In this field, you are showing the way to the rest of India. Being a biodiversity hotspot, this region holds immense possibilities in production and marketing of natural products. I am happy that the ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region is focusing on the improvement of citrus plantation to reinvigorate the citrus industry in these States. I would also urge other Indian States to learn from the organic farming success story of the North-eastern States”, he said.
Also, the Vice President said he was happy to know that the Institute has been playing a key role in the conservation, breeding, nutrition and health management of Mithun and over the last three decades, has generated “invaluable scientific data towards the understanding of this unique species”.

“It is praiseworthy that the National Research Centre on Mithun has done excellent work in protection and preservation of this majestic animal. You have done full genome sequencing of Mithun to understand its evolutionary history across the distinct geographical locations. Your notable achievements include development of simple technology for determination of age of Mithun by dentition patterns and development of low-cost complete feed block using locally available trees/shrubs and industrial by-products.
“I have been told that the Centre has also developed Artificial Insemination protocols for Mithun and three calves were born through these technologies in the year 2012. Equally praiseworthy are your efforts in providing healthcare services to Mithun farms in the area and development of a Mithun mitra mobile app for the farmers. I am told that you are seeking to diversify the use of Mithun as a meat, milk, hide and draught animal. I compliment you for these efforts. I would suggest you to make efforts to attract the educated youth towards the conservation of this important animal”, he said.
The Vice President pointed out that dairying is an important ancillary activity in India that accounts for approximately one-third of rural household income.
“Some 70 million farmers, a majority of them women, are directly involved in dairying in the country and it is the only agri-product in which around 70-80% final market value is shared with the farmers. Therefore, every effort must be made to promote dairying by adopting the latest technological advances in the field”, he said.
Interacting with the scientists after the function, Naidu urged them to work towards modernising agriculture with the adoption of latest technologies.
The Vice President also visited Central Instrumentation Facility (CIF) Laboratory where diseases and diagnostics relating to Mithun were explained to him.

Governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi, Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton, Agriculture Minister G Kaito Aye and others accompanied Naidu.
Later in the day, he had a close-door meeting with the Governor, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, Deputy Chief Minister and other Nagaland Ministers at Police Complex, Chümoukedima.
(Page News Service)