Dept urged to improve mushroom dev centre

CHIMPU, Jun 10: Horticulture Minister Tage Taki has asked the officials of his department to explore avenues to improve the department’s mushroom development centre and encourage farmers to take up mushroom cultivation as an income generating activity.
He said this during a meeting on Monday with the department’s officials after inspecting the research and development wing of the horticulture directorate here, where tissue culture and large cardamom seedling production are being undertaken.
Taking stock of the infrastructure and the activities of the department in the state, the minister emphasized on submission of monthly progress reports of every developmental activity.
“The services of all the field staffers under the agriculture, horticulture, veterinary and fisheries departments should be properly utilized for implementation and monitoring of the government schemes and programmes at the field level,” he said.
On being informed about the recent disease infestation in important crops like large cardamom and oranges, the minister asked the department to “frame a policy for seeds, seedlings and nurseries in the state in order to prevent entry of infected planting materials from outside the state.”
He asked the horticulture director to take up the matter of early functioning of the Arunachal Pradesh Agriculture, Livestock Marketing Board with the agriculture and allied departments “for framing necessary rules and bye-laws for implementation of the board in the state.”