Guwahati/Dimapur, November 23: Union Minister Kailash Choudhary on Saturday urged scientists to come up with innovative technologies to help farmers and emphasised on developing the organic farming in the north-east region.
He also said the agriculture sector will have to play a “very important role” to achieve USD 5-trillion economy target by 2024-25.
Addressing the two-day ICAR-24th Regional Committee Meeting for Zone-III here, Choudhary, who is union minister of state for agriculture and farmers’ welfare, said, “Scientists should come up with innovative technologies which benefit the farmers.”
He emphasised on developing the organic farming in the north-east region, eliminating harmful fertilisers and pesticide usages which have alarmingly increased the health hazards among people of the country.
He also urged researchers to focus on developing technologies to empower farmers for organic farming.
Assam’s agriculture and food processing minister Atul Bora said the state government has focused on maximum utilisation of the resources available.
Dr. T Mohapatra, secretary of the department of agricultural research and education, urged the participants in the meeting to stress on the strength of the agricultural sector and to use the resources of the region for maximum benefits.
The regional committee comprises seven northeastern states and Sikkim to provide a forum to researchers and the state governments’ functionaries to examine the major gaps in the current research and training efforts in the farming sector.
Apart from production, post-harvest management, processing and marketing should be an integral part of the research activities, said Mohapatra who is also director general of Indian Council of Agricultural Research.
ICAR has set up eight regional committees on the basis of agro-climatic regions.
The other dignitaries present for the occasion were Dr. R.C. Agrawal, DDG Education, ICAR and Nodal Officer RCM, B. Pradhan Additional Secretary & Financial Advisor DARE ICAR, and Dr. B.K Kandpal, Director, ICAR, Umiam. A series of publications were also released in the presence of the dignitaries. 150 delegates from the region, including the Principal Secretaries/ Secretaries of the concerned States participated in the meeting with the vision to make agricultural research reach the farmers and to ensure food, nutrition and livelihood security in the North Eastern hill region. The two days meeting will witness a series of presentations and agenda settings by the State Governments.
The Regional Committee comprised of the eight states in the North East Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim & Tripura. The purpose of the Regional Committee is to provide a forum to researchers and the State Government functionaries to examine the major gaps in the current research and training efforts in farming sector; identify priorities and decide agenda of research and extension education for the coming two years. The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has set up eight Regional Committees on the basis of agro-climatic regions. The regional committee meeting is organized to bridge the gap and enhance agricultural productivity through development of cutting edge technology, efficient technology dissemination, entrepreneurship and human resource development. (Page News Service/PTI)