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Agri scientists must work with farmers: Mooshahary
Correspondent UMIAM (MEGHALAYA), Feb 28 (NPN):
Published on 1 Mar. 2011 12:19 AM IST
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Meghalaya Governor R S Mooshahary today exhorted the agricultural scientists to work with the farmers and help them improve their farming practices to enhance productivity and ensure food security in the northeastern region.
Inaugurating the Northeastern Zone Agri-Fair 2011 here, Moosahary said even as the region was endowed with rich biodiversity, the agricultural performance remained very poor, and there the agricultural scientists could play a vital role in creating appropriate technologies that could be used by farmers to better their agricultural production.
“The agricultural research institutes and the scientists must address the needs of the farmers of the region otherwise all their research and technology would have little meanings to the society,” he saidThe Northeastern Zone Agri-Fair 2011 is organised by Indian Council Agriculture Research (ICAR).
The main aim behind organizing this fair is to apprise the farming community and other stakeholders in agriculture and allied sectors, showcasing the various technologies developed by different universities/Institutes/NGOs in highlighting the bio-diversity and its conservation.
“By conducting this fair we provide distinctive platform for promotion of biological diversity, encourage knowledge sharing among stake holders, provide current facts, latest trends in entrepreneurship development and also exploit the potential of micro-enterprises and small scale industries, “ ICAR Director of Research Complex for North Eastern Region Dr S.V.Ngachan said.
He said Agri-Fairs like this provide personal contact and direct relationship with potential clients and also help in the sales of the products and helps in networking and building potential data base. “Protecting agro-biodiversity and farmers’ right is a thrust area in biodiversity hot spots like North East India. Farmers’, the main conservators, need to be made aware of the value of biodiversity and the role they can play,” Ngachan said.
The main participants of the event are institutional players, NGO’s, Farmers, Entrepreneurs and Micro Enterprise.
The other products which are going to be exhibited are herbal and medicinal plant base products, organic products, recipe based on local indigenous agricultural produce, spices and condiments, processed products, models and replicas of sustainable farming systems, technical know-how and technology products of the research Institutes ,printed publications and production technologies for high value crops.
During the fair live demonstrations on scientific crop production technologies of cereals, oilseeds, pulses, horticultural crops, animal production, poultry, piggery etc. will be given. Along with this there is also a facility for free of cost soil and water sample analysis.

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