Giriraj Singh calls for need of producing more food grains with better yield

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Highlighting the inevitable challenges of food security that the country will face due to the population pressure, Union Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Giriraj Singh on Wednesday called for the need of producing more food grains with better yield.

“The Green Revolution was of immense benefit for the country, but there is an urgent need to increase the food production because of the exhaustive population pressure of the country,” Singh said during his visit to the ICAR-Research Complex for North Eastern Region, Umiam.

The Minister also, stated that a holistic integrated approach is the need of the hour for bringing about any development in an aspirational district like Ri Bhoi.

 

He called upon the ICAR and CAU-College of Post Graduate Studies in Agricultural Sciences to work in collaboration keeping in mind the farmers need first. 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.

 

The Hon’ble Chief Guest concluded his address by saying that 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.

Singh also visited the piggery, poultry and dairy farms of the Institute to witness the pig breed Lumsniang developed by the Institute.

He was accompanied by Arpit Upadhyay, Deputy Commissioner, Ri Bhoi District and Giri Prasad M, Superintendent of Police, Ri Bhoi District, Meghalaya. In the inaugural session, Dr. S. K. Das, Director In charge welcomes the gathering and gave a brief highlight of the Institute achievements and its mandates.

Earlier, the scientist of the institute also had an exhaustive interaction with the Union Minister at CAU- CPGS AS along with the staffs of the concerned Institute regarding various issues pertaining to agriculture and allied sectors particularly livestock and fishery.