DCM advocates using science to tap state’s natural resources

ITANAGAR, Jun 7: Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein on Thursday advocated sustainable utilization of the rich natural resources of the state through scientific and technological interventions.
During a meeting with scientists from the Jorhat (Assam)-based CSIR-North East Institute of Science & Technology (CSIR-NEIST) here, Mein said sustainable use of the state’s resources would transform the socioeconomic condition of Arunachal.
He urged the scientists to extend their services and technical expertise to strengthen the research & development wing of the frontier state.
“Research and development is important to generate and develop products, processes and technologies in order to meet the international standards in terms of quality, cost, and efficiency,” he said.
CSIR-NEIST Itanagar branch coordinator Dr Pinaki Sengupta made a PowerPoint presentation highlighting the activities and schemes implemented by the CSIR-NEIST in the state on bio-fertilizer production, composting, and installation of distillation units.
He informed that the institute is planning to provide more scientific and technological inputs in the state in the area of organic agriculture, besides providing entrepreneurship development and value addition for local resources, addressing local problems through scientific and technological interventions, generating employment through MSME technologies and skill development, and creating scientific awareness among the people.
He said the institute is planning to expand its activities in new areas, in collaboration with the state government, to replicate its activities in all the districts.
Among others, State Horticulture & Research Development Head Dr Egam Basar and a host of senior scientists from the CSIR-NEIST’s Itanagar branch were present at the meeting.