Agri-horti sector to get priority to revive state economy: CM

TAWANG, May 22:  Agriculture and horticulture activities would be given top priority to revive state economy, Chief Minister Pema Khandu, while chairing a review meeting on COVID-19 preparedness of Tawang district here on Friday, said and announce to provide farmers with fencing, seeds for agri and horti crops as well as provide marketing support for their  produce.

He lauded district administration for its exemplary preparedness and team efforts of involving  local NGOs, community organizations and the local community, appreciated the DA for elaborate arrangements, including formation of supervisory, monitoring and disinfectant committees as a robust mechanism to fight COVID-9.

With COVID cases rising across the country, especially in the neighbour state, Arunachal Pradesh must be ready for any eventuality, Khandu said and advocated preparedness to ensure 100 percent steps to preven outbreak of COVID-19.

Stressing on adequate mass awareness to prevent spread of panic and rumours, he suggested IEC campaign, use of all public communication means to achieve the goal.  The GoAP has also taken steps to define its own zones, containment plan and standard operating procedures for COVID-19, which would be completed soon.

On state Govt’s health initiatives, Khandu said NESID and NEC funds will be 100 percent used for upgrading  health sector while a long term policy for robust infrastructure and facilities for all 25 district hospitals is being rolled out with proposed allocation of Rs 350 Ccrore. He also informed that 50% of MLALAD funds can be used for fighting COVD-19.

The APMC activated in all districts has been doing commendable job for finding markets for the farmers. Army and central paramilitary forces in the state are also a big market for which the GoAP will soon sit with the officials of the respective forces to work out the modalities, he added. (CMO)

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