Shillong, Dec. 16: Union minister of state for agriculture and food processing Charan Das Mahant today said the Northeast had the capacity to become a prospective organic producer in the country.
Mahant was at the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) for northeastern region at Umiam today where he inaugurated the phenomics facility.
Phenomics is an area of biology concerned with the measurement of phenomes — the physical and biochemical traits of organisms, including plants — as they change in response to genetic mutation and environmental influences. It is widely used in research relating to pharmaceuticals and agriculture, among others.
Highlighting the organic strength of the region, he said, “The region has the true might and capacity to become an organic producer in the country, if agriculture is developed through adoption of innovative research being done at ICAR and other state agricultural universities in the region.”
Stating that the region was home to a large population of non-vegetarians, B. Kumar, director general, natural resource management division, ICAR-Pusa, New Delhi, said, “The regional farmers have been provided with multiple scopes in the field of livestock development through ICAR-Umiam. Sustainable land use planning and crop improvement technologies are the other scopes which were provided to the farmers.”
“We are continuously working hard to mitigate food deficiency. Though because of climate change, keeping pace with food security will be a difficult task to undertake but at the same time, it is not impossible,” S.V. Ngachan, director, Umiam ICAR complex, said.
Mahant also released a book, Farmers Success thro-ugh Krishi Vigyan Kendra’s Intervention: A Documentation of success stories in Northeastern Region, on the ocassion.