8th November, 2016, Ri-Bhoi, Meghalaya
Shri Sudarshan Bhagat, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, launched the Farmers First Programme of ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam here today. The programme will be implemented in Marngar and Sarikuchi cluster of Ri-Bhoi District.
Shri Bhagat, in his address, he applauded the initiative of Farmers First Programme and expressed that direct communication between scientists and farmers will yield maximum benefit to the farmers.
He also presided the signing of MoU between ICAR RC for NEH Region, Umiam and Ri-Bhoi and Mihngi Multi-Purpose Co-Operative Society Ltd. for seed multiplication of Megha Turmeric-1.
The Minister distributed improved seeds, fish stock and piglets to the farmers of Ri-Bhoi District, Meghalaya.
Dr. S.V. Ngachan, Director, ICAR RC for NEH Region, Umiam, briefed on recent achievements and activities of the institute.
Dr. B.C. Deka, Director, ATARI, Zone III, also presented a brief remark on the flagship programmes of ATARI ICAR initiative for doubling the income of the farmers.
The Dignitaries visited different farms such as Murrah Buffalo Farming System, Piggery farm and meat processing unit of ICAR RC for NEH Region, Umiam.
(Source: ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam)