7th February, 2015, Umiam
Shri Giriraj Singh, Union Minister of State for Micro, Small, Medium Enterprises visited ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam, Meghalaya today. In his address and interaction, Minister stressed upon developing commodity based model village and advised to link agriculture to market for livelihood security of the farming community. He suggested adopting some model demonstrations on QPM cultivation integrated with piggery, integrating moringa (drumstick) production with mushroom and dairy production for its high nutritional value. He also advised to give importance to local vegetable germplasm like Chow-chow (Piskot) for its anti-carcinogenic properties. Minister also distributed some inputs like improved seeds of potato, french bean and pea and silpauline for rain water harvesting through Jalkund to the assembled farmers under Tribal Sub Plan project.
Dr. S.V. Ngachan, Director, ICAR-RC-NEH apprised the Minister of the enterprising technologies evolved by ICAR, which may promote entrepreneurial opportunities in developing micro, small, medium level of industries in NEH region. Minister was impressed with various technology demonstrations like Integrated Farming System (IFS)), Agro- processing Unit, Animal production Farm, Meat Processing Unit etc. In the agro-processing centre of the institute, the displayed products like jam, canned and dehydrated products of pineapple, turmeric and ginger powder, orange squash and candy from orange peel, candy from ginger, amla, carrot, chow chow etc. were appreciated by the Minister.
The Programme was attended by the scientists of ICAR Research Complex, Umiam; NBPGR Centre, Umiam; CPGS, CAU, Umiam along with officers from department of MSME, and Khadi & Village Industries, Meghalaya and farmers from nearby villages.
(Source: ICAR-RC- NEH, Umiam)