Deputy director general, (DDG) NRM, ICAR, Government of India, New Delhi, Dr. A. K Singh on Friday inaugurated a central laboratory building constructed under 11th five year plan at Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), ICAR Research for NEH region, Nagaland Centre, Medziphema in the presence of Dr. S.V Ngachan, director and Dr. B.P Bhatt, joint director, ICAR, Research Complex for NEH region. The laboratory would cater the requirement of the researchers, extension workers and farmers.
Dr. A. K Singh also inaugurated two pigsties constructed under ‘Mega Seed Project on pig’ to facilitate conserving and multiplying the quality of germplasm of pig for distribution to the shareholders in the north east as well as the state.
Dr. Singh also inaugurated KVK Dimapur website at the centre. Farmers could log in at kvkdimapur.nic.in website to access the necessary requirements in various discipline including soil, veterinary, plant breeding and agronomy which would be made accessible in the first week of July.
Interacting with media persons, Dr. Singh expressed the need to access technological cultivation method to farmers, conservation of rainwater water and soil conservation to increase productivity.
When asked on the effort of ICAR for improvement of shifting cultivation in the region, Dr. A.K Singh said ICAR in its endeavor to address the problems of farmers had strived for integrated farming system targeting the small and marginal farmers and that the soils generate in short period. He added that farmers would have options to continue in cultivating varieties of products with less damage.
Commenting on the strategies for agriculture production in the region, Dr. A.K Singh opined that ICAR was trying to speed up the process in bringing technological advancements to the farmers in the state.
Highlighting the affects of climate change in agricultural products in the region and problems of water scarcity in cultivation, Dr. A.K Singh asserted that the agriculture products could be increased by 40% to 50% when farmers follow the recommended procedure and expressed the need to harvest rain water and conserve soil. However, he said post harvesting in value addition mechanism was missing and suggested attending problems of commercializing products.
Dr. S.V Ngachan, director, ICAR, Research Complex for NEH region also viewed that technology in farming system should be disseminated to farmers and the responsible authorities in the state should also attempt to make an impact in the production of agriculture products. The team would also visit KVK, Wokha on June 26.