Taki seeks NEDFi support to Arunachal weavers

GUWAHATI, Jul 16: Arunachal Pradesh Fisheries Minister Tage Taki urged the North East Development Finance Corporation Ltd (NEDFi) to extend technical and financial support to the local weavers of Arunachal to help them become economically self-reliant.
The minister said this during a discussion with officers of the NEDFi’s head office (HO), including HO Chairman B Paul Muktieh and Executive Director SK Baruah, here in Assam on Tuesday.
“Piggery, horticulture, fisheries and cash crops are other important sectors where the NEDFi could play a big role for economic development of the region,” the minister said.
He later visited the HO’s craft section, where handmade crafts made out of water hyacinth, banana fibre and cardamom stems, and local garment products are displayed.
Earlier, on Monday, Taki visited the integrated Pabhoi green fish farm in Biswanath Chariali in Assam.
The minister commended the work of progressive fish farmer Neelam Dutta, who has developed the 26-hectare fish farm, thereby creating an income generation avenue for the locals.
“The success story of Dutta can encourage and motivate other NE farmers,” Taki said, adding that integrating fish farming with livestock rearing and agriculture “is the only mantra for doubling farmers’ income by 2022 as there is no dearth of market for fish, meat and vegetables in the northeastern states.”
Later, the minister visited the Nameri tea factory and inaugurated an outlet of ‘Kanyaka’, run by a cooperative society. He also took stock of the livestock feed manufacturing unit run by the group.