Imphal, 5th July, 2012
A two-day Regional Seminar cum Workshop of National Agricultural Innovation Project (Component III : Sustainable Rural Livelihood Security) on "Site Specific Farming System Options for Disadvantaged Areas" was organized at ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Manipur Centre, Imphal. The seminar was inaugurated on 5th July, 2012 by Shri C. A. Worchuiyo, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Tamenglong District, Manipur as Chief Guest. Dr. G. C. Munda, Consortia Principal Investigator, NAIP-Comp-III & HoD, Division of Natural Resource Management, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Meghalaya and Dr. S. V. Ngachan, Consortia Leader, NAIP-Comp-III & Director, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Meghalaya graced the inaugural function as Guest of Honour and President, respectively. Dr. N. Prakash, Joint Director, ICAR, Manipur Centre, welcomed all the Dignitaries and delegates.
Shri C. A. Worchuiyo congratulated ICAR for their successful initiative for improving the livelihood of the farmers through different interventions under NAIP. He also emphasized on human resource development and field level demonstration to bring a change in the mindset of the local people. Dr. G. C. Munda briefly presented the salient achievements of the project in different North Eastern States. He mentioned that it is high time to upscale the identified technologies in other areas. He also congratulated the consortia partners for their dedication and hard work. Dr. S. V. Ngachan, Consortium Leader of the NAIP project in his presidential address, emphasized on sustainability and impact analysis of different interventions undertaken through NAIP-Comp-III to motivate real socio-economic interventions. He also mentioned about the need of strengthening the inter-relationship among different NE States and working out some economic strategies to solve the critical market problem faced by the farmers. Dr. Ngachan also put emphasis on improvement of indigenous technologies through scientific interventions for better acceptability. Delegates have discussed their achievements of different interventions and also finalized the action plan for next two years. On the first day, the major achievements were presented state wise by the respective Co-PIs/ representatives. The concluding session was the discussion on the Workplan for the years 2012-13. Major recommendations of the Seminar included: the Integrated Farming System approach rationally for effective utilization of natural resources and optimize productivity and income; focus on low cost, easily adoptable and sustainable technologies; adequate emphasis given on food crops along with horticultural crops; and Cross sectoral visits to different clusters for better learning by the cluster leaders/scientists.
In the valedictory session, the house agreed to put more emphasis in implementing the project through farming system mode through scientific integration different interventions.
Nearly fifty delegates including members of Consortia Monitoring Unit, programme leaders and scientists of ICAR, Central Agricultural University, Assam Agricultural University, Nagaland University, Mizoram University, Spices Board and NGOs from different North Eastern States participated in the seminar to assess the impact of various interventions tested at different clusters under the NAIP-Comp-III project. State officials from Agriculture and Horticulture and farmers from Tamenglong district also participated in the seminar.
(Source: ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Manipur Centre)