GUWAHATI, Sept 19: Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal laid the foundation stone of the Technology Incubation Centre of Guwahati Biotech Park at Amingaon in Guwahati on Tuesday.
“We have inherent skills in organic farming. Assam and Northeast are rich in tural resources and its biodiversity holds potential to capture the markets of entire South-east Asia through concentration in the organic sector. Biotechnological interventions can immensely help us in becoming an organic hub,” Sonowal said while speaking at the ceremony.
Stating that the traditiol cultivation skills and farm processing techniques of the region are required to be modernized to increase productivity and income generation, Sonowal observed that a judicious mix of biotechnological know-how and conventiol farming would immensely gear up the agro-based industry in the state.
The Chief Minister also outlined his vision for making Guwahati as the gateway to South-east Asia and various initiatives mooted for materializing the same including execution of state capital region expanding the radius of Guwahati city and proposed World Trade Centre in Guwahati.
Science and Technology Minister Keshav Mahanta said that already an area measuring 64 bighas of land has been earmarked for setting up permanent campus of Guwahati Biotech Park at Amingaon. Rs 35 crore has been sanctioned for the construction of Technology Incubation Centre and work is expected to complete in 2019.
Fince, Education and Health Himanta Biswa Sarman and Director of IIT, Guwahati Professor Gautam Biswas also spoke on the occasion.