28th Jun 2017 10:06:PM State
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

ITANAGAR, Jun 28:“Arunachal Pradesh has large potentials for livelihood activities under agriculture and allied sectors through which sustainable development can be achieved”, said the Deputy Chief Minister, Chowna Mein in a meeting with the officials of State Horticulture Research & Development Institute, North East Foundation, an NGO and Yes Bank today.

Mein said that the State Govt is contemplating to create Arunachal Pradesh Bio-Resource Development Mission in the state that would steer ahead the Bio-Resource Development activities in a mission mode. He also said that the proposal for establishment of North East Bio-Resource Centre would be taken up with the Govt of India to establish the Centre in Arunachal Pradesh as the state is very rich in bio-resource.

Urging people to take up livelihood activities under agriculture and allied sectors for long term and viable economic benefits, he cited that in Nagaland, agriculture contributes about 30% of the State GDP whereas in Arunachal Pradesh, Agriculture contributes only 12% to the State GDP despite having vast land resources and considered as bio-diversity hotspots. 

Saying that Agriculture can contribute much more to improve the GDP of the state, he urged the departments like agriculture, horticulture and agroforestry to come out with systematic plan and enhanced activities on Research, Bio-Resource conservation, awareness & training and skill development activities.

Taking keen interest in the field of research and skill development activities, DCM also made a plan to revisit Rain Forest Research Institute at Jorhat with the state govt officials and scientists in August to draw a systematic plan for research and development.

He further sought the advisory and consultancy support of North East Foundation and Yes Bank in the field of Geographical Indication Registration, marketing, branding and promotion of the indigenous crops of the state that would largely benefit the farming community.

Egam Basar, Head SHRDI informed about the current focus of the Research Institute including its engagement in development of location specific technology suiting to the State agro-ecological conditions and on conservation and development of cultivation technology for local/indigenous vegetables and medicinal plants.

Bhanu Pratap Singh, CEO North East Foundation highlighting the achievements of NEF informed that NEF facilitated 10 horticulture products GI registration of NER including Arunachal Orange. It also has identified 11 more indigenous crops of Arunachal Pradesh viz., Mishmi teeta or Coptis teeta, Khekir ginger, Bebo (wild large cardamom), Talii (Wild Large Cardamom), Khamti Aromatic Rice, Khamti Sticky Rice, Siang sticky rice, Siang Merook Sticky Rice, Mompa Maize, Chichir/Taapil- (wild olive) having high antioxidant & anti cancer properties, Oyik- Local vegetable having high nutritional value & medicinal properties and Rahre- Local vegetable with nutritional & medicinal values.

 The meeting was also attended by G N Sinha, PCCF (Wildlife) among others.

Kenter Joya Riba

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