Imphal. Chief Minister N. Biren Singh vertually graced the distribution function of agricultural inputs like seeds, equipment, firm machinery, bioflo etc.by Central Agricultural University, Imphal as Chief guest.
The inputs were distributed to the farmers of different North East States through 13 constituent colleges of the university located at different parts of the region.
The virtual function, Community Empowerment Programme through technology products was also joined from Itanagar by Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu as Guest of honour, MPs Dr. RK Ranjan and Dr Largo S Pfoze from Imphal, Education Minister of Tripura Ratan LAL Nath from Agartala, Veterinary Minister of Mizoram Dr. K Beichhua from Aizawland CAO Vice Chancellor Anupam Mishra from the varsity complex in Imphal.
In all 1979 farmers from Manipur were benefited. Rice, groundnut, soya bean, hybrid maize and fodder maize seeds were provided to1890 farmers. On the other hand, mini rice mills were handed over to nine farmers, kitchen grinder juicers to 20 farmers, sprayers to 35 farmers and biofloc units to 25 farmers.
Addressing the function N. Biren Singh stated that countries across the world and sectors across economies continue to feel under the adverse effects of the pandemic. However, despite the ongoing pandemic it is very heartening to learn that production of mazor crops for the year 2020-2021 in India, as per the second advance estimates, revealed a record production of 393.34; million tonnes of food grains.
He added that it clearly outlined the tireless hard work and resilience of farmers, agricultural scientists, and farmer friendly policies of the govt under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said that agriculture in India continues to be the main source of livelihood for more than half of Indians. However, farmers continue to face fundamental issues related to lack of information on farm inputs, unorganised credit, and the absence of market linkages. In addition, the farmers of the North East region, being in a landlocked region with difficult terrain, face unique challenges, he said and observed that these challenges also give way to huge untapped opportunities for innovation and technology in the sector. Maintaining that all round agricultural reforms would benefit the country in the long run, he pointed out the emerging technologies would pay a vital role in ensuring the sustainability of the sector and empowering farmers.
New technologies can empower farmers with real time demand forecasting, price forecasting, moisture and nutrient levels of soil, he said and added that it can also provide sowing advisories to help farmers make the right crop and seed choices. All these can ensure enhanced farm productivity and increased earnings, N. Biren said while adding that online market places like Mandi’s would also empower farmers.
He also lauded the varsity staff for voluntary contributing one day salary to support the farmers of the N E Region with technology products during these difficult times and expressed hope that the Central Agricultural University would continue its exemplar contributions to agricultural and allied technical education in the region and the country.