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Mishra calls for transferring innovations from lab to land

Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig BD Mishra (retd) interacting with scientists from College of Horticulture & Forestry Pasighat, at Raj Bhavan in Itanagar on Saturday. - Photo: Correspondent
 ITANAGAR, July 21 - The innovative technologies in the field of agriculture, horticulture and allied sectors must be transfered from laboratories to farmers’ land, Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (Dr) BD Mishra (Retd) said. He was interacting with Dr RC Shakywar, Assistant Professor and Arun Kumar Singh, technical staff of College of Horticulture & Forestry (CHF), Pasighat who called on him at Raj Bhavan here today.

The Governor said such proactive role of the educational institutions in this field will facilitate progress of our youth and agrarian community and motivate them towards agriculture entrepreneurship, scientific and mechanised farming, organic farming, use of organic manures, pesticides and insecticides.

Stating that 60 per cent of the total population of Arunachal Pradesh is engaged in agriculture and allied activities, the Governor called upon the scientists and researchers to carry out diverse and extensive research programmes that will help in the transfer of locally suited technology to the end-users, the farmers, traders and growers.

He also suggested that the specialised institutes should carry out research for increasing the local crops and fruits production and demonstrate horticultural processes for organic tea, rubber and oil palm, which will be profitable and rewarding for the farming community.

Mishra said that the scientists of institutions like CHF Pasighat, North Eastern Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST), Nirjuli, National Institute of Technology (NIT), Yupia and Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU), Rono Hills, Doimukh must explore environment-friendly scientific ways and means, which will be beneficial to the last man in the queue of the agrarian community.

As a pilot project, an Oil Palm plantation is going to be taken up in the Raj Bhavan campus. Organic pesticides and vermi compost, which are locally available and eco-friendly, will be used in the project, said a communiqué from the Raj Bhavan here.

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