From A Reporter
SHILLONG, Feb 26: ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam Meghalaya, is organizing a three day Exhibition-Cum–Workshop on ‘‘Traditiol Farming and Indigenous Foods of North East’’ during 25-27 February, 2017. In this programme more than 1000 farmers from eight states of Northeast India and 100 scientist’s and experts are participating.
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary DARE (Department of Agricultural Research Education), government of India and Director General Indian Council of Agricultural Research was the Chief Guest of the iugural program.
Addressing the august gathering on Saturday, Mohapatra said that ICAR had thought about the NE region well ahead of time and the ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam was established four decades back. The institute has produced wonderful technologies and various products for the benefit of the hill farmers. NE is the colourful canvas of the country and the diversity and the richness in tradition is unique and the specialty of the region. The region is bestowed with immense tural resources which need to be tapped and utilized for the benefit of the people.
Agriculture is the culture of the region and the Institute needs to focus on the prime task of bringing youth back to agriculture. He further added that focus should be laid in developing entrepreneurs. The region has tremendous opportunity for organic farming which needs to be effectively implemented. He also called upon the scientists to validate the indigenous farming and food product for enhancing the livelihood security of the famers. He also urged scientists to deliberate on the issues related to the doubling farmer’s income.