DIMAPUR, JANUARY 6: Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar and Union Minister of Tourism, Culture and Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) G Kishan Reddy today co-chaired a meeting to review the progress of various schemes of the Government of India in Agriculture sector in the States of the Northeastern Region (NER) virtually from Vignan Bhavan, New Delhi.
Addressing the NE States, Union Minister for Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar assured that Government of India will do everything in its capacity to ensure that the income of the farmers of the NER region is doubled.
“Our door is always open. I request all State Governments to come up with a proposal if you find any difficulty in any schemes related to the agriculture sector”, he said.
Speaking on the opportunities in the oil palm sector, Tomar said ICAR suggested that 9 lakh hectare land in the NE is suitable for oil palm production. Due to the oil palm production farmers of NE Region will be hugely benefitted, employment will be generated and import of oil palm can be reduced. Thus North East has a major role to play to make India self-reliant in edible oil, he said.
The Minister said there are some horticulture and medicinal crops only produced in North-Eastern State. He said Agriculture and Commerce Ministry are working together to tap such opportunities and to solve the logistic problems faced by NE States. He also requested the State Governments to focus on natural farming.
G Kishan Reddy, Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), suggested that a task force be formed with representatives of the Agriculture Ministry, DoNER and State Governments to ensure that the schemes of Agriculture Ministry are saturated for the Northeastern Region and the schemes can be customized to address the unique nature and the nuances encountered in the NE Region.
During the meeting, brief presentations on the major initiatives/programmes being run by the Ministries in the agricultural sector for NER States were made by the Agriculture Ministry and Secretaries of all the 8 NER States. Key schemes/programmes discussed during the meeting were Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North Eastern Regions (MOVCDNER); National Mission on Edible Oils – Oil Palm (NMEO-OP); Bamboo in North East Region and mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH).
Agriculture Ministers of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura discussed the issues and challenges they were facing in detail.
Union Minister of State for DoNER BL Verma, Ministers for Agriculture of all 8 North Eastern States attended the meeting. Secretary, DoNER, Secretary, Agriculture, Agriculture Secretaries of the NER States along with senior officials of both the Ministries and their organizations were present in the meeting. (Page News Service)