18th April 2016, Nagaland
Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences inaugurated the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) funded- Biotech Infrastructure Facility at ICAR-National Research Centre on Mithun (ICAR-NRCM), Jharnapani, Medziphema.
The Minister said science has the potential to solve many of the problems faced by countrymen. He said the country, particularly North-East has a potential human resource and the application of potential in the right direction could bring the smile on billions of poor and deprived faces. Further, he added that this BIF facility will be beneficial for young researchers of the region and that Union Government has strong conviction towards the development of North-East. During the interaction with the scientific staff of the institute, he emphasized at working on research projects implementable and beneficial to farmers.
The Union Minister visited the Mithun Farm of ICAR-NRCM to witness the modern scientific rearing of mithun under the semi-intensive system. He was also apprised about the various farmer friendly technologies generated by the institute, namely feed block, mineral block, area specific mineral mixture, low-cost feed formulation using industrial by-products.
The Union Minister also visited the DBT funded Citrus Processing Plant of ICAR-RC for NEH Region(Nagaland Centre). He opined that the facility is beneficial for processing of citrus fruits, pineapple and others such fruits and will also encourage the young entrepreneurs of the region to adopt the food processing technology for commercial purposes.
Dr. Abhijit Mitra, Director, ICAR-NRC on Mithun delivered the welcome address and briefed on the potential and scope of this new facility.
Dr. T. Madhan Mohan, Advisor, DBT, New Delhi apprised the house about the different DBT sponsored schemes and programmes for the NEH Region.
Mr. Pawang Konyak, Transport Minister; Er. Levi Rengma Parliamentary Secretary for Housing; Sri Amenba Yaden, Parliamentary Secretary for Industry & Commerce; Mr. Imtilemba Sangtam, Advisor Cooperation and Mr. Hukavi Zhimomi, Parliamentary Secretary for Science & Technology, Jail and Mining were also present during the event..
(Source: ICAR-National Research Centre on Mithun, Jharnapani,)