Officials & farmers hold talks to evolve policy to boost state’s agri production

From Our Correspondent

TAWANG, May 28:  The Farmers Produce Organizations (FPOs) representatives, state and central Govt officials had a day-long interaction at Zomkhang Hall hdere on Tuesday to formulate an action plan to boost or agriculture production in Arunachal Pradesh.

Jointly organized by Pasighat’s College of Agriculture (CoA) and Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) here, the event was inaugurated by Imphal’s Central Agriculture University (CAU) vice chancellor Dr. Anupam Mishra.

Dr. Mishra, in his address, stressed the importance of capacity building and financial literacy for FPOs, along with crop identification and seasonal produce to enhance income. He advocated activating decision support systems to facilitate proper marketing and propose introduction of quality parameters for chemical profiling to improve marketability.

He also encouraged farmers to capitalize on their strengths, pursue off-season production for better income, adopt sustainable farming practices, and urged for visible outcomes from discussions.

Advocating organic farming, Tawang ADC Sang Khandu urged scientists to study traditional methods and explore local wild fruits and vegetables for consumption.  He exhorted local farmers to dominate the local vegetable market with indigenous products and lauded Dr. Mishra and his team for their visit.

Enlisiting Border Area Development Programme, COA dean Dr. AK Tripathi highlighted CAU’s collaboration with FPOs in border villages to empower them with scientific agricultural methods.

CAU DEE Dr. Ph Ranjit Sharma Imphal, Guwahati’s ATARI director Dr. G Kadirvel, senior KVK scientists, Tawang DAO and DHO also addressed while directors and members of FPCs and FPOs shared their experiences with farmers present.

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