25th February 2017, Umiam
Dr Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) and Director General (ICAR) inaugurated a three day Exhibition-Cum–Workshop on ‘‘Traditional Farming and Indigenous Foods of North East’’ (25-27 Feb, 2017) organised by. ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam Meghalya today.
In his address, he said ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region has produced wonderful technologies and various products for the benefit of the hill farmers. NE is the colourful canvas of the country and the diversity and the richness in tradition is unique and the specialty of the region. The region is bestowed with immense natural resource which needs to be tapped and utilized for the benefit of the people. Agriculture is the culture of the region and the Institute needs to focus of the prime task of bringing youth back to agriculture. He further added that focus should be laid in developing entrepreneurs. The region has tremendous opportunity for organic farming which needs to be effectively implemented. He also called upon the scientists, to validate the indigenous farming and food product for enhancing the livelihood security of the famers. He also urged scientists to deliberate on the issues related to the doubling farmer’s income. He remained the first Prime Minister’s (Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Ji) saying that ‘‘everything else can wait but not agriculture’’ and emphasized that technology should be farmers friendly and production should be linked with market chain.
Dr S.V. Nagachan, Director, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam in his welcome address stated about the traditional agricultural practices evolved from the traditional knowledge systems are performing very well even today in conserving bio- resources/ natural resources and in sustaining hill ecosystem of North east. Therefore, recognition of traditional foods and associated knowledge on indigenous farming system is urgently needed, he added.
During the inaugural ceremony, several awards were presented to the scientists based on their contributions in agriculture especially in hill ecosystems.
During the occasion, souvenir, books and ICAR Meat and Fish products were also released by the chief Guest.
Forty stalls from all north eastern states of India showed their traditional framing practices and indigenous food diversity.
More than 1000 farmers from eight states of north east India and 100 scientists and experts are participated in the programme
The programme is being organized to provide a platform for interactions among the culinary artisans, traditional farmers, rural entrepreneurs, academicians, researchers and consumers to explore the possibility of entrepreneurship development in traditional food sector of the North east. Workshop will provide opportunity to exchange ideas and highlight the challenges that indigenous people face in practicing indigenous farming. Sharing thoughts and ideas will provide opportunity to blend traditional and modern scientific knowledge for developing sustainable technologies for hill agriculture.
(Source: ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam Meghalya).