Shillong: Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong underscored the importance of fusing scientific and traditional knowledge to boost agricultural production in the state. Speaking at the valedictory function of the first Farmers Parliament at the State Convention centre on Wednesday, Tynsong stated, “This parliament should be an annual affair where the farmers can share their views on how to boost agricultural activities in the state”.
“Science is enriched with all theoretical aspects and the farmers know the practicality. It is essential to combine both these elements to make our agriculture more robust”, stated Tynsong, besides adding that the life and death of the community depends on the flourishing agricultural activities in the state. There were 700 odd farmers who attended the two days farmer’s parliament.
However, when being asked in the sidelines of the programme on whether this is another cosmetic exercise of the government, he said ‘no’ adding, the resolution passed by this parliament will be taken into cabinet for consideration. Tynsong admitted that the implementation of many schemes related to the farmers could not reach the benefactors, yet he was apt that those anomalies can be rectified when a conclave like this enlightened the departments concern. Categorical in saying, had this been a cosmetic exercise the Chief Minister wouldn’t have been here on Tuesday and neither me on this concluding day, the Deputy Chief Minister dug deep in answering questions on how the present government is seriously taking agriculture as one of the priority. He went on saying that it (government) won’t be a mere lip service institution but a working agency to revamp the agricultural sector in the state.