ICAR NEHR organizes the largest Agri fair in North East

4th January 2023 ,Umiam
North East Krishi Kumbha-2023, the largest Agri Fair in North East is being organized by ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam, Meghalaya from 4th -6th January 2023 to mark its 49th Foundation Day celebration.
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Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare inaugurated the fair today.
The Minister, in his inaugural address, urged the farmers and agriculturists to value and conserve the rich biodiversity and resources of the region. He emphasized that there is no dearth of water resources in NE India and the water use efficiency can be enhanced to produce per drop more crop in tandem with Har Khet Ko Paani Yojana. Water use efficiency can be enhanced through water harvesting technologies like jalkund for the lean period and precise application technologies like drip irrigation and pressurized irrigation, he added. Shri Tomar also said that the soil of the region is vulnerable to climate change and soil erosion is one of the major problems which can be further checked by adopting the Farming System Mode of agriculture. He exhorted that it’s time for transition from climate-sensitive agriculture to climate-resilient agriculture and practicing agriculture in community approach rather than individually. He said the cost of cultivation should be reduced by reducing the external input load in farms from the existing 50% to 100%. He expressed hope that when agriculture is done with the intent of not only maximization of yield but also maximization of income, the farmers’ income will enhance by more than 200%.
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Dr. S. K. Chaudhari, Deputy Director General (NRM), in the foundation day lecture highlighted the history of the dawn of ICAR Research Complex for North Eastern Hill Region. He briefed the significant achievements of the Institute.
Dr. V. K. Mishra, Director, ICARNEHR, in his welcome address said the event is a motivation to scale greater heights for the development of agriculture in the region and the farming community in particular.
Dr. Anupam Mishra, Vice-Chancellor, Central Agricultural University, Imphal, Dr. B. C. Deka, Vice-Chancellor, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat and Dr. K. M. Bujarbaruah, former DDG & former Vice-Chancellor, AAU also graced the occasion.
The North East Krishi Kumbh 2023 with the theme “Emerging opportunities in agriculture and allied sectors for income and employment generation” is the first of its kind in the region providing the platform for more than 10,000 farmers from all the eight states of the region and different stakeholders to participate.
The highlights of the fair are live demonstrations and exhibitions of recent technologies through the 102 stalls, by the ICAR Institutes, Agricultural Universities, NABARD, Coffee Board of India, NECBDC, State departments of all eight states, and others.
During the inaugural session, Souvenir of the event, Taskforce report and other publications, Roll Amp African Swine Fever kit, web application and mobile apps were launched by the dignitaries. Few products developed by the ICAR ABI entrepreneurs were also launched.
(Source: ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam,)