ICAR meet focuses on capacity building of farmers


SHILLONG: With the aim to double the farmers’ income,  the ICAR    Research    Complex    for NEH Region organised a day long interface meeting with the state government officials.

The main objective of the interface meeting was to strengthen   the   linkages    between ICAR and    the   various   state government   departments   of Meghalaya. The meeting focused on the technological   backstopping   and capacity building of stakeholders. In the inaugural session

Dr. N. PrakashDirector, ICAR Research Complex for NEH  said that the interface meet was a step towards the aim of doubling the farmers income of the region. Addressing the gathering

P.Sampath Kumar, Commissioner & Secretary Agriculture department highlighted the various missions of the department and emphasised on the fact that that initiatives should be taken at the district level.

The state is 65% deficit in pork production and hence farming can be encouraged for the youth in the region to generate employment.

C Manjunatha, Secretary, Animal Health & Veterinary said that apart from organic farming organic milk production can increase the income of the farmers. He further discussed a success story about a village Mawmarang in South West Khasi hills which produces “organic milk” with the use of cattle ranche technique and there is immense scope in the sector to increase milk production of the state.

The brainstorming and technical sessions were an integral part of the day long programme discussions were held on how to facilitate and support the infrastructure of the state.

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