Min calls for tapping NE’s agri-horti potential

JORHAT, Oct 17: Arunachal Pradesh Agriculture Minister Tage Taki on Thursday urged scientists, researchers and academicians to work hard for the uplift of the farmers of the Northeast region.
Addressing the inaugural function of a poultry expo organised here by the Assam Agriculture University (AAU), the minister said the animal husbandry, horticulture, and fisheries sectors could be the best options for the region’s farmers to double their income.
“The Northeast is a genetic pool bank of diversified plants resources. The region is bestowed with favourable agro-climatic conditions for the growth of every kind of livestock, and has soil and climate conducive to crop production,” Taki said.
He, however, lamented that despite such advantages, the farmers of the region are “unable to reap the harvest due to lack of proper scientific guidance,” and requested scientists, researchers and academicians to assist the farmers.
Among others, the inaugural function was attended by AAU Vice Chancellor Dr Ashok Bhattacharjya, AAU Dean Dr BN Saikia, and Commissioner S Jagannathan.