Taki assures to purchase surplus millet produced

DOIMUKH, June 01: The state agriculture department will pitch  in to buy the surplus millet produced, said Agriculture and Horticulture Minister Tage Taki while encouraging the farmers to grow and adopt millet as staple food.

Taki was addressing the inaugural program of the International Year of millet celebrations, here on Thursday.

The event organised by the Papum Pare district agriculture office, was aimed at creating awareness about the millets for food and nutritional security and motivates the farmers to improve sustainable production and quality millets.

Addressing the farmers from Tawang, West Kameng, East Kameng, Pakke Kesang and Papum pare districts, the minister said that the climate resilient millet which, is a low cost and high value crop that thrives even in stress conditions could be cultivated across the state.

Encouraging the youths to take up agricultural and horticultural activities for self employment and income generation, Taki added that the government has devised farmer friendly,  sustainable and self reliant policies and programs, of which the youths should take maximum advantage.

Addressing the women farmers in particular, who constituted 95 percent of the participants, Taki said, “It is an indicator that our state is forging ahead in the right direction.”

Advisor to the minister, Doimukh MLA Tana Hali Tara, while highlighting the health benefits of millet said that “the anti cancer, anti diabetics, anti blood pressure and a source of anti oxidants crop should be adopted as staple food.”

Suggesting for making Papum Pare district as an agricultural and horticultural hub, Tara exhorted the department officials, farmers and members of the SHGs for their concerted efforts.

Agriculture director Anong Lego highlighted the multifaceted IEC activities undertaken by the department to popularise millets.

He informed that “IECs and trainings have been carried out at Sagalee, Sangdupota, Mengio and Doimukh.”

As a part of the celebrations, exhibition stalls exhibiting value added millet products and other organic products were set up by the SHGs, farmers and agriculture department.

The farmers were also provided with technical and interactive sessions on millet cultivations and its commercialisation.

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