Pema seeks centre support for establishing Agri and Horti institutes

ITANAGAR, May 18: Chief Minister Pema Khandu has sought the centre’s support for a full-fledged Agriculture University and a Centre of Excellence for Horticulture to be established in Arunachal.
Pema conveyed this to Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Sudharshan Bhagat, who called on him at his office on Thursday.
Stating that technological support in agriculture and horticulture is crucial to boost farm output, the Chief Minister requested the Union Minister to consider for a full-fledged agriculture university and a centre of excellence for horticulture in Arunachal.
On development of Animal Husbandry in Arunachal, Pema requested for a pig research centre in Arunachal to support pig rearing.
Similar to a Yak Research Centre set up in West Kameng district, Pema requested for a National Research Centre (NRC) for Mithun,
informing that the animal has traditional values among the locals. While reasoning that Arunachal has the largest population of mithuns in the country, the CM said that the NRC for Mithun will multiply the mithun population while its preservation would also be taken care of.
The Chief Minister further informed the visiting Union Minister that Arunachal has started its mission to make the state fully organic, which is as per the initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make the states go organic. Launched this year on 15th April, the state government has set the target of three years to achieve the goal, informed the CM.
Assuring to look into the requests and offer all support for its fulfilment, the Union Minister asked the state government to submit detail proposals to the centre for consideration.
The meeting was also attended by Home Minister, Kumar Waii, Education Minister, Honchun Ngandam, Minister Veterinary Animal Husbandry, Dr Mohesh Chai and Chief Secretary, Shakuntala D Gamlin.
Earlier on Wednesday, Union Minister Bhagat visited Tawang and attended a Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Tawang organized Farmer-Scientist interaction programme on Doubling Farmers’ income by 2022 at Zomkhang Hall.
Bhagat advised the farmers to opt for organic farming with inclusion of bee keeping, livestock and horticulture etc, with agriculture to increase their income. Highlighting the importance of vermicompost, soil testing before cultivation, neem coated pesticide, fertilizer etc, he advised farmers to avail maximum benefit from KVK programmes to increase their income.
Besides, government officials and public leaders, about 170 farmers from different villages participated in the programme.
During an interaction with the officers, Bhagat also said that the centre is willing to assist the progress of North East states, especially Arunachal Pradesh in agriculture, horticulture, fishery and animal husbandry, veterinary and dairy development sectors.
‘The centre has initiated various new schemes for the welfare of farmers’, he said and asked the officer to impart training to farmers so that they could become organic farmers, besides encouraging farmers to take up tribal farming system to protect their interests and welfare.
Commissioner, Horticulture, Belatee Partin and Secretary, Agriculture, Azimul Haque were present during the meeting.

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