February 28, 2011 Barapani
The North Eastern Zone Regional Agri-Fair was formally inaugurated today by His Excellency Shri R. S. Mooshahary. The Fair was organized by ICAR Research Complex, Umiam, Barapani to apprise the farming community and other stake holders in agriculture and allied sectors on “Bio-diversity conservation and entrepreneurship development”.
His Excellency emphasized on the need to ensure food security to the entire population and highlighted the importance of crop diversification and crop demand forecasting. He stressed on the need for biodiversity conservation, as this treasure, left by our forefathers is our main strength in the fight for survival in the changing climate.
Prof. Pramod Tandon, Member, National Advisory Committee speaking as the Guest of Honour, emphasized on the growth of this region through biodiversity conservation, within this diversity of habitats- amazing variety of crops and livestock developed over the millennia of Indian farming. About 348 crop plants are cultivated, 168 economic plants, whose centre of origin / diversity lies in India along with their wild relatives (326 species) and land races. He stated that India is regarded among the 17 top biodiversity regions in the world with 2.5 % of the geographical area.
(Source: Officer-in-charge, ITMU Email: iprnehbarapanigmail [dot] com)