15th May, 2017, Dirang
Shri Sudarshan Bhagat, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare visited ICAR- National Research Centre on Yak, Dirang today. He interacted with the scientists and visited different laboratories of the institute and appreciated the efforts of the institute working in the frontier areas of yak husbandry. Shri Bhagat, in his address elaborated different agricultural schemes and projects available for the farmers in the tribal region. He said Govt. of India is working hard to achieve Prime Minister’s call of doubling farmer’s income and emphasized that this could be achieved through Integrated Farming System. He underlined that animal husbandry is a blank cheque, which farmers can encash as per their need. Shri Bhagat accentuated that there should be direct interaction between the farmers and scientist and other experts in agriculture and allied sector, so that technology developed by the research centres, KVKs and other institute can directly benefit the farming community. The minister also attended an interactive session with the scientists and staffs of ICAR-NRC on Yak, Officials of State departments, public leaders and farmers of the West Kameng district.
Dr. S.M. Deb, Director of ICAR-NRC on Yak briefed about the various research activities of the institute.
Shri Dor Tsering, local public leader and former ZPM urged the Minister for insurance coverage and fencing of local horticulture crops.
Dr. Sonal Swaroop DC, West Kameng and Dr. A. K. Tripathi, Director, ATARI, Guwahati also participated in the event.
Mr. Bhagat also visited, KVK Dirang, state sheep breeding farm and progressive farmers at Sangti.
Next day, the minister visited the Nyukmadung Yak farm complex of ICAR-NRC on Yak. He visited different sheds and the yak semen processing unit. In the farm he interacted with the yak herders of Nyukmadung and Sange village. After the interaction session, the Minister distributed wool shearing scissors to the yak herders and appreciated work done by the institute for betterment of farming community.
(Source: ICAR- National Research Centre on Yak, Dirang)