Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Radha Mohan Singh today visited the ICAR Complex at Umiam and interacted with farmers and artisans. During his interaction, the minister appealed the scientists of ICAR to act as change agents and help in bringing about economic development of the farmers of the region.
The 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, the minister exhorted officials to assist and advise the farmers on ways to improve farming techniques and raise their income. The minister opined that this dream of the Prime Minister’s can be achieved by producing more and reducing the input expenses.
The minister 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 and bee keeping.This will enable the farmers to increase their income, the minister added.
The 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. The ministers stressed on the need to introduce and implement micro irrigation and integrated farming.
The 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.
The Minister reviewed the implementation of Krishi Kalyan Abhiyan 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.
He aslo said that activities promoted under KKA included distribution of soil health cards to all farmers, 100% coverage of bovine vaccination for Foot and Mouth Disease, 100% coverage of sheep and goat for eradication of Pestle des Petites Ruminants (Diseases affecting goats), distribution of mini kits of pulses and oilseeds and distribution of horticulture, agriculture, forestry and bamboo plants.