Union minister calls for producing more food grains
Shillong: May 18: Union Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Giriraj Singh Singh has stressed the need of producing more food grains with better yields.
He visited the piggery, poultry and dairy farms of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) at its research complex for NE region at Umiam, to witness the pig breed Lumsniang developed by the Institute.
In his address, Singh highlighted the inevitable challenge of food security in the coming years because of the exhaustive population pressure of the country.
He reminded the gathering about the contribution of the Green Revolution in the country but still date, the country is in dire need of producing more food grains with better yields.
“A holistic integrated approach is the need of the hour for bringing about any development in an aspirational district like Ri Bhoi”, he said. He urged the ICAR and CAU-College of Post Graduate Studies in Agricultural Sciences to work in collaboration keeping in mind the needs of the farmers.
Focus should be on taking the research outputs from lab to field. He also stressed upon the need to popularize Moringa (Drum stick) plantation as it has carbon absorption potential if we are to develop carbon neutral villages in the country.
He said the country and its villages will be prosperous only when the farmers will prosper and that is if they fetch more economic returns from their harvest and again use their income for more agricultural activities.
The scientists of the institute also had an exhaustive interaction with the minister on May 17 evening at CAU-CPGS AS along with the staff of the concerned Institute regarding various issues pertaining to agriculture and allied sectors particularly livestock and fishery.