30th May 2017, Imphal
The 23rd Meeting of the ICAR Regional Committee Zone –III (30-31st May 2017) was inaugurated at City Convention Centre, Imphal today. The function was graced by Shri Y. Joykumar Singh, Deputy Chief Minister of Manipur as Chief Guest and Shri V. Hangkhalian, Minister of Agriculture, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry, Govt. of Manipur as Guest of Honour.
Shri Y. Joykumar Singh, in his inaugural address emphasized on developing irrigation facilities, double cropping, alternative to jhum farming, development of horticulture specially in hill areas for agricultural growth and development in Manipur and other NE states.
Shri V. Hangkhalian urged to use of high yielding crop varieties for enhancing production in the state to enable the doubling of farmers’ income by 2022.
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra , Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) said while food production scenario of the region has improved substantially over last one decade, the region is still deficit in pulses, oilseeds, fish, meat, milk and egg production. Hence, concerted effort of Centre, State, NGOs and other stakeholders are required for a strong Research, Development and Extension Programme in the region to achieve self sufficiency in various sectors of agriculture and also to double the income of the farmers by 2022 in line of the Vision of Govt. of India.
Earlier, Dr. Mohapatra inaugurated the ICAR Seed Processing Unit and laid the Foundation Stone of the Farmer’ Hostel at ICAR Manipur Centre Lamphelpat, Imphal.
Shri Sunil Kumar Singh, Additional Secretary & Financial Advisor (DARE/ICAR) and Dr. Narendra Singh Rathore, Nodal Officer and Deputy Director General (Agricultural Education) briefed the house about RCM.
Members of Governing Body Shri R. P. Singh, Shri Suresh Chandel & Shri Sudhir Bhargava; Dr. K. Alagusundaram, Deputy Director General (National Resource Management & Agril. Engg), Dr. J. Jena, Deputy Director General (Animal & Fishery Sciences), Dr. A. K. Singh, Deputy Director General (Agril. Extension), Dr. A. K. Singh, Deputy Director General (Horticulture), Dr. K. M. Bujarbaruah, Vice-chancellor AAU, Jorhat & Dr. M Premjit Singh, Vice-chancellor CAU, Imphal and Directors from different Departments and State Govt. Officials participated in the meeting for strengthening the Agricultural Research, Development and Extension in the North Eastern Region.
Dr. S. V. Ngachan, Director, ICAR Research Complex for NEH region, Umiam, Meghalaya, Member Secretary , 23rdMeeting of the ICAR Regional Committee Zone –III proposed the vote of thanks.
(Source: ICAR Research Complex for NEH region, Manipur Centre)