ICAR Efforts to bring prosperity in the region appreciated
15 December 2010, Dimapur
“I am happy to inform you that ICAR Complex, Barapani was successful in introducing two paddy varieties for Jhum areas, which will produce 2.2 tonnes of paddy per ha compared to less than 1 tonne produced by the traditional varieties,” said Shri B K Handique, Hon’ble Minister of Mines and DoNER, Government of India while inaugurating 2nd Nort- East Agri Expo here today. While emphasizing the importance of indigenous knowledge in agricultural development in the region, he suggested that planning should try to link ecological processes with the local social processes. Then only such planning would find ready acceptance by tribal societies and ensure their participation, he added.
Chief Minister of Nagaland, Shri Neiphiu Rio lauded the role of technological interventions and support provided by the ICAR institutes of the region in overall agricultural development of the north-eastern states. The technologies and advisories provided by ICAR institutes are paving the way for prosperity of the farming community, he said. Sri Rio was addressing the Agri Expo as Chief Guest.
ICAR complex for NEH Region, four National Research Centers on Pig, Mithun, Yak and Orchid, Regional centers of various ICAR Institutes located in the north-east region are actively participating and showcasing technologies in five-day Agri-Expo (15th -19th December 2010) organized here. The ICAR showcasing is attracting plenty of visitors, star attraction being top ten technologies developed by the ICAR Institutes of the region.
The 2nd North East Agri Expo, 2010 with the theme, ‘Prosperity through Agriculture’ is being hosted by the Government of Nagaland in partnership with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) and with sponsorship from Ministry of DONER/NEC and Ministry of Agriculture. The Expo is also conducting various conferences and meets to create awareness among stakeholders.
Besides the NE states, neighboring counties such as Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal are also participating in the expo. Officials said main objectives of holding the expo is to transform the agriculture and allied sectors into sustainable industries and agro- business in the region.
(Source: NAIP Sub-Project of Mass Media Mobilization, DIPA with inputs from ICAR Research Complex, NEH Region, Barapani)