6th January, 2018
Shri Radha Mohan Singh Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Govt. of India inaugurated a four days Agri-Fair with the theme “Drive to doubling income of Tribal Farmers in the North East India” today. Addressing the august gathering Shri Singh said the government has initiated various flagship programmes for the welfare of the people living in the rural areas, especially the farming communities focusing mainly to double the farmers’ income from agriculture and allied sectors. He lauded the efforts of ICAR, NEH Region in launching the programme to double the income of the farmers on a pilot basis in the villages adopted by them in the next five years. He further added that 90 percent assistance is given to the Northeastern States and Meghalaya should accelerate the implementation of these schemes.
Dr Narendra Prakash, Director, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, highlighted the achievements of the Institute in the last decade. ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam, Meghalaya is the primary centre of agricultural research in NE region under the aegis of Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi. The institute has more than three decades of dedicated service to the region in the form of in-depth research and extension support in agriculture, horticulture, animal Science, agro –forestry and fisheries to cater the need of the hill farming community.
Dr Y. R Meena Additional Commissioner (Extension), DAC&FW, MOA &FW Govt of India, said the farmer centric activities are organized actively and successfully under the aegis of the present government for the betterment of the farmers. The scope to directly communicate with the farmers was the highlight of the event.
Speaking on the occasion Dr Randhir Singh, Assistant Director General (Agricultural Extension Division, ICAR, New Delhi), the role scientific community in the region is to take technology at the door step of the farmers and the scientists of the institute have done a commendable job in amalgamating modern technology with the age old farming practices of the region. He acknowledged through farmer-scientist interactions new innovative ideas could be generated and shared for the benefit of the farming community of the region.
Other dignitaries attending the occasion were Professor M. Premjit Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Central Agricultural University, Imphal, Dr B.C. Deka, Director, ATARI Zone III, Umiam, Meghalaya and Dr A.K. Tripathi, Director, ATARI, Guwahati.
Three MoU’s facilitated by The Zonal Technology Management Unit (ZTMU) of ICAR RC for NEH Region, Umiam at Regional Agri fair were signed. One MoU was for institutional Co-operation between School of Livelihood and Rural Development (SLRD) and the Division of Crop-Production, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam and launching of the product “Biograin”. The second MoU was signed for organic seed production of Rice Variety Sahsarang –I the Village of Mynsain, Ri-Bhoi District, Meghalaya, represented by its “Rangbah Shnong” (Headman) an adopted village of ICAR-NEH, (since 2013) under Network Project on Organic Farming (NOPF). The third MoU was signed between Animal Health Care Services. The Nongkseh Milk Producers Co-Operative Society Limited , a registered society since the year 1994, is one of the oldest milk producing societies in Meghalaya. The Agri Fair souvenir and the CD on successful technological intervention for doubling farmer’s income in NE India were launched by Shri Radha Mohan Singh.
The Regional Agriculture Fair (RAF) during the four days will give special focus on finding ways and solutions to sustain income security from prevalent traditional form of agriculture and also initiate the revolution of doubling the farmers' income in the NE region. This event will help to create an opportunity for the various stakeholders at regional level to exchange ideas, knowledge and experiences for effective transfer of technology. The four days will also witness the brain storming sessions on doubling farmers’ income.