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ICAR holds 24th Regional Committee Meeting

UMROI, NOV 23 | Publish Date: 11/23/2019 11:51:14 AM IST

The two-days 24th Regional Committee Meeting for Zone- III  from 23  to 24 November, commenced on Saturday at Assam Administrative Staff College, Assam.

A press release by ICAR NEH director stated that Union Minister of Agricultural and Farmers Welfare Kailash Choudhury e graced the occasion as the chief guest and Minister of Agricultural Horticulture and Food Processing Atul Bora was the Guest of Honour. 

The Regional Committee comprised of the eight states in the northeast- Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim & Tripura. The purpose of the regional committee is to provide a forum to researchers and the State Government functionaries to examine the major gaps in the current research and training efforts in farming sector; identify priorities and decide agenda of research and extension education for the coming two years, the release stated. Addressing the gathering Union Minister of Agricultural and Farmers Welfare Kailash Choudhury said research should be focused to fully prepare farmers with needed technologies for organic agriculture. He further added that Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi has set the target to double farmers’ income by 2022 and the farming sector will have to play a very important role in building the $5 trillion economy by 2024. For this, the scientists have to keep the road map ahead and come up with innovative technologies which benefit the farmers, he added. Minister of Agricultural Horticulture and Food Processing Atul Bora said the government has focused on “Act East Policy” and he stressed on the fact that the focus should be on the agricultural development of the region and maximum utilization of the resources available. He appreciated the works and efforts by KVKs of Assam. 

Secretary, DARE and DG, ICAR Dr. T. Mohapatra who also spoke on the occasion said that research should not only be production oriented but post harvest management processing and marketing should be an integral part of research activity. He urged the participants to also emphasize on the strengths in agricultural sector and to utilize the resources of the region for maximum benefits. 

The other dignitaries present for the occasion were Dr. R.C. Agrawal, DDG Education, ICAR and Nodal Officer RCM,  B. Pradhan Additional Secretary & Financial Advisor DARE ICAR, and Dr. B.K Kandpal, Director, ICAR, Umiam. 


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