Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar understanding the huge potential for development in Agriculture, horticulture and allied sectors in Arunachal Pradesh called upon a meeting on adoption of a comprehensive model developed by Lohit District Administration in the field of agriculture and allied sectors.
The meeting which was held at CS Conference Hall, Civil Secretariat, today, was attended by Secretary Agriculture & Horticulture Bidol Tayeng, Secretary Planning Himanshu Gupta, Secretary AH& VS Mimum Tayeng, NABARD General Manager Dr. G.K. Nair, Spice Board representatives, Directors and officers of Agriculture, Horticulture and AH & VS Departments, representative from APEDA, and Deputy Commissioners of Lohit, West Kameng, East Kameng, Lower Dibang Valley, and West Siang.
Citing the model of Lohit District as an example, Chief Secretary has emphasized on a revolutionary development in the line of Green Revolution and White Revolution in Arunachal Pradesh in the field of Agri-Horti, and allied sectors in order to enhance growth and development of agriculture, horticulture, and allied sectors.
Lohit District Administration has established Lohit Agricultural Farmer Producer Organisation, a cooperative society of farmers who are responsible to sell the agriculture and horticulture products of Lohit district farmers. Their products are basically naturally grown and organic comprising of Lohit rice, green tea, large cardamom, cinnamon, oranges, turmeric etc. They have also created an online market at www.lohitfarmers.org with e-payment facilities.
This has created a huge opportunity for local farmer entrepreneurs for income generation and has also contributed to the rural prosperity by giving a market to the local farmers to sell their naturally grown and organic products in the market.
Considering the vast land resource availability, favorable agri-horti climatic condition (also favorable for AH & V, fisheries), the Chief Secretary identified 5 districts namely, West Kameng, East Kameng, West Siang, East Siang and Lower Dibang Valley to follow the similar concept of Lohit District with an objective to provide better income generation and market to the farmers for their produces. He however welcomed customisation and modification as per suitability of the region or district.
Chief Secretary also sought every means of support from Spice Board, NABARD, and APEDA to enhance growth and development of agriculture, horticulture and allied sector in Arunachal Pradesh.