Dr. V. Shanmuganathan, Hon’ble Governor of Meghalaya inaugurated Conference on Linking Prospective Food Entrepreneurs with Government Schemes and Markets at ICAR-ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Barapani today.
Dr. V. Shanmuganathanin his inaugural address emphasized that making the farmers happy is a big social responsibility. He urged the scientists, entrepreneurs and other facilitators to give suggestions on how to attract youths towards agriculture.
Honourable Governor also released a technical bulletins “Sohiong: Advance propagation techniques” and “Value Addition and Processing of Guava” on this occasion.
Dr. S. V. Ngachan, Director, ICAR RC for NEH Region, Umiam, stated that an additional 5-6 million tonnes of foodgrains are needed in the next decade which necessitates a substantial increase in farm production.
Shri Osmand E J Nongbri, Managing Director, Meghalaya Co-operative Apex Bank, gave a banker’s perspective of food entrepreneurs and expressed a need for collaboration with ICAR in evaluating and validating loan applications from entrepreneurs.
Dr. Om S. Tyagi, Senior Director, ASSOCHAM, in his his welcome address shared that the food processing industry has made significant progress in North Eastern region of India. He put forward that progressive farmers eager to take up enterprises may be facilitated through finance, technology and marketing.
ICAR RC for NEH Region, Umiam, Meghalayaorganized the Conference in collaboration with Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industries of India (ASSOCHAM) and Ministry of Food & Processing Industries (MoFPI), Government of India.
The purpose of the conference was to provide a platform to the stakeholders for sharing their views and learn about latest initiatives and opportunities available in the field of Agro Food Industries.
(Source: ICAR-ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Barapani)