DCM seeks CSIR-NEIST & RFRI help in strengthening state’s R&D wing

JORHAT (Assam), Aug 16: Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein has sought assistance from the Council of Science & Industrial Research-North East Institute of Science & Technology (CSIR-NEIST) & Rain Forest Research Institute (RFRI) here in developing the research & development (R&D) wing of Arunachal.
“Intervention of scientific technology is essential to convert bio-resources into bio-enterprise for uplift of our rural economy,” said Mein during an interaction with the heads and scientists of CSIR-NEIST & RFRI here on Thursday.
“Arunachal Pradesh is blessed with vast biodiversity which can give huge economic return to the rural people who are the custodians of the forests. However, these resources have to be scientifically and sustainably used, which is possible only through the development of technology,” he said.
He asked the heads of the institutes to sign an agreement with the State Horticulture Research & Development Institute (SHRDI) and the State Forest Research Institute of Arunachal Pradesh on technical cooperation and sharing of resources for various R&D projects for the benefit of the rural masses.
Mein also visited the scientific farm, distillation unit, herbal drug processing unit, laboratories, and the Rural Technological Demonstration Centre of the CSIR-NEIST.
SCIR-NEIST In-charge Dr P Sengupta made a PowerPoint presentation on the activities carried out by the research institute in Arunachal Pradesh. RFRI Director Dr RSC Jayaraj also spoke.
The DCM was accompanied by Senior Consultant to GoAP GN Sinha and SHRDI Head Egam Basar.