Workshop on agrarian crisis held

PASIGHAT, May 18: A two-day workshop on agrarian crisis and socioeconomic issues of rural tribal youths of the hill states of the Northeast region was organized at the College of Horticulture and Forestry (CHF) here.
Addressing the inaugural session, Imphal (Manipur)-based Central Agricultural University’s (CAU) Chancellor Dr S Ayyappan raised concern over the migration of youths of the NE states in search of employment. He emphasized the need to change the youths’ perception of agriculture.
Dr Ayyappan also called for equipping the farmers with the latest agriculture technologies. He later released two extension publications.
CAU Vice Chancellor Prof M Premjit Singh highlighted the region’s potential in organic farming, rainwater harvesting, and integrated farming system, while Prof MM Adhikari, former vice chancellor of BCKV, Nadia (West Bengal) stressed the need for developing location-specific technology that will suit the hill states of the region.
CHF Dean Dr AK Pandey highlighted the scopes in horticulture, and advised unemployed youths to take up horticulture for self-sustenance.
Jorhat (Assam)-based Extension Education Institute’s Director DR PK Neog also spoke.