The twenty first ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research) Regional Committee Meeting of Region 3 was held at the Auditorium of the Assam Agricultural University at Jorhat on yesterday. The first of its kind meet highlighted technological advances bringing a scientific revolution in the agricultural sector.
Opening the addressing note, AAU, Vice Chancellor, Dr. K.M. Bujarbaruah presented before the audience of scientist and representatives of the agricultural ministers of the seven North Eastern States a brief outlay about the ICAR establishment and the scientific works carried out for the betterment of the farmers and the people related with the agricultural trade to attain economic self sufficiency.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Arvind Kumar Deputy Director General (Education), ICAR, New Delhi stressed on the need to enhance production of agricultural food items and developing the food processing industry. He also discussed about the various factors affecting food production and the need to formulate policies to remove such hindrance in achieving a green revolution.
Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary GOI & DG, ICAR, New Delhi reiterated that AAU is today in the national map for providing scientific manpower to facilitate research by ICAR. Discussing 5% growth of meat and milk products, remarkable production of 56 million tonnes of rice, rise in animal husbandry, poultry, fish, agro waste recycle, plantation of medicinal plants, organic farming, micro rain harvesting and a host of others. Dr. Ayyappan said, “The Assamese bhot jolokia (Chilly) and Joha Rice must be extensively cultivated and planted in order to move ahead than the present statistic of 5% production in Assam. This growth if achieved could contribute in a big way to the state revenue”.
In his statement Agricultural Minister Mr. Nilomoni Sen Deka gave insights about technology generation for developing wetland, water management, storage, research of plants, high tech machineries for agricultural sector and growth of indigenous food and horticultural products.
Assam Chief Minister, Mr. Tarun Gogoi in his final speech addressed to the public lauded the efforts of ICAR in its dedicated approach to agriculture and informed that,” ICAR had been contributing to the whole of the country. I too was a food minister sometime back but my day and nowadays have undergone a tremendous transformation in the agricultural field. Indian farmers are very extraordinary and can easily adapt to a new method and that my state has excelled in fisheries, dairy, meat and paddy products”. He also announced that,” My government is giving top most priority to Agriculture, production, storage, market and buyers. The most important aspect is to provide farmers with the best competitive price for their agri produce”. The Chief minister also reiterated that,” through economic policies via agricultural schemes the problem of unemployment could be solved to a maximum level thereby reducing inclination of youths towards ULFA/Maoist or other insurgent groups operating in the region”. Additionally the chief minister wanted the people of the Assam, other North Eastern States and India to become active through agricultural activities and that the Assam government will render all possible help.
Concluding the meet with a vote of thanks by Dr. S.V.Ngachan, Director, ICAR, Meghalaya thanked the dignitaries, ministers, researchers, scientists and the office bearers of ICAR for the successful completion of the inaugural programme which was later to be followed by interactive sessions, discussions, agendas of agricultural production, livestock and fisheries along with suggestions on researchable issues.