SHILLONG, Jul 28: Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh today visited the ICAR Complex at Umiam and interacted with farmers and artisans.
Singh also took stock of the activities and initiatives undertaken by the scientists of the institute.
The minister during his interaction, appealed to the scientist of ICAR to act as change agents and help in bringing about economic development of the farmers of the region.
The Union Agriculture Minister was categorical when he said that the activities and initiative of ICAR and the farmers of the region should be documented and showcased so that these become role model for the entire country.
Reiterating the Centre’s aim to double the income of farmers by 2022, Singh exhorted officials to assist and advice farmers on ways to improve farming techniques and raise their income.
He also advised the farmers and the institute not only to be confined to cultivation of crops but also to invest themselves to allied sectors like horticulture, fisheries, bee keeping etc. This will enable the farmers to increase their income, the minister added.
The Union Agriculture Minister expressed his satisfaction that ICAR has been working for increasing the income of the farmers with introduction of high yielding variety of seeds and farming techniques.
Singh stressed on the need to introduce and implement micro irrigation and integrated farming.
The Union Agriculture Minister exclaimed that the farmers of the North East are skilled and hardworking but their hard work has to be supplemented with the introduction of technology.
“In this regard the ICAR has a major role to play in equipping the farmers with state of the art farming technology,” Singh said.
Meanwhile, the Minister also reviewed the implementation of Krishi Kalyan Abhiyan (KKA) in the Ri Bhoi district.
Ri Bhoi is one of the 112 districts where the Centre has launched the programme, covering 25 villages in each district with population of more than 1,000.
Singh said that activities promoted under KKA included distribution of soil health cards to all farmers, 100 percent coverage of bovine vaccination for Foot and Mouth Disease, 100 percent coverage of sheep and goat for eradication of Peste des Petits Ruminants, distribution of mini kits of pulses and oilseeds and distribution of horticulture/agro forestry/bamboo plants.
The programme also covers artificial insemination saturation, demonstration programmes on micro-irrigation, emonstrations of integrated cropping practice, he added. The minister also took stock of the implementation of other schemes of the government meant for increasing the income of the farmers.