14th June 2014, Umiam
ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam, Meghalaya organized two-day (13-14th June, 2014) orientation workshop for North-Eastern (NE) states on ‘Promotion of pulses and coarse cereals under National Food Security Mission (NFSM) Programme’. This event was organized in collaboration with Directorate of Agriculture, Government of Meghalaya.
Shri S. Lohiya (IAS), Joint Secretary (Crops), Department of Agriculture and Cooperation (DAC), Government of India presided over the programme. In his address, he informed that NFSM has been revamped to introduce pulses and coarse cereals in almost all the districts of North East India through large scale front line demonstrations based on the concept of cropping system. Shri Lohiya urged scientists to document the package of practices for the important crops including local pulses and millets. He emphasized upon the need for inclusion of non-maize millets and providing non-input based crop technologies to farmers during front line demonstrations.
Smt. Dorothy Syiemiong, Director of Agriculture, Government of Meghalaya reported the progress and future prospects of the agriculture sector in Meghalaya with particular reference to cereals, coarse cereals and pulses under NFSM. She informed that state government is committed to give top priority to agriculture sector through increased allocation in the state plan.
Earlier, Dr. S. V. Ngachan, Director, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region welcomed the dignitaries and highlighted the importance of pulse and coarse cereals in improving food security and increasing the cropping intensity in North East Hill region. He Stressed that local pulse crops (Ricebean and Kolhar bean) and lentil should be included under NFSM. He informed that demonstration programmes on pulses are being undertaken in collaboration with ICARDA in Tripura, Manipur and Meghalaya and collaborative trials are also in progress with IIPR, Kanpur for identification of potential lentil varieties and their package of practices.
Scientists of ICAR Research Complex, Meghalaya, ICRISAT, CAU, ZPD, and officials from National Seeds Corporation, Kolkata Regional Office; NFSM; Department of Agriculture, Government of Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Assam, Sikkim and Tripura participated in the programme.
Shri Dominic, Joint Director, Agriculture, Government of Meghalaya proposed vote of thanks.
(Source: ICAR-RC for NEH Region, Umiam)