Plenary Session of the two-day National Symposium (SYMSAC-V) was held at Police Complex Chumukedima, Dimapur on Saturday with AAU Jorhat vice chancellor, K. M. Bujarbaruah as chief guest. Speaking at the occasion, the chief guest asserted that Indian spices sector has been growing gradually, particularly in the past two years. He said that North-East region, known for ginger, turmeric and chili cultivation was doing well in the exports market but needed to increase production. Bujarbaruah also called upon the states of Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh to expand productivity area while stating that Assam needed to expand production of spices. He stated that many people who talk about organic spices were ignorant of the organic inputs required for production. He further exhorted the gathering on the need to increase technological means at both farmers’ level and department level to identify with the issues and equip producers in order to meet the market demands.
CIH chief consultant, S. P. Ghosh who chaired the session also delivered the opening remarks by giving overall review of the two-day programme, which included five sessions. The concluding session also saw awards being conferred to H. Mhonthung Merry, A. K. Singh and V. B. Singh for best research paper entitled ‘Effect of nitrogen levels and bulblets size on yield and nutrient uptake of onion’ (Dr Alapatti Prasada Rao award) and T. E. Sheeja, K. Himabindu, P. Anto, K. Dhanya, S. Siju and T. Vasanthakumar for research paper entitled ‘A SCAR marker based method for sex determination in dioecious betel vine’ (Dr H. S. Mehta Memorial award). Delegates and representatives of states, farmers and entrepreneurs shared their views at the session while SYMSAC-V organizing secretary, V. Srinivasan gave a report and record of the entire seminar. ISS president, M. Anandaraj delivered the concluding remarks and SYMSAC-V convener, Akali Sema proposed vote of thanks.