Min urges people to take up farming to make state self-sufficient

ITANAGAR, 17 Apr: Agriculture & Horticulture Minister Tage Taki urged people to take up farming using traditional cultivation methods to make the state self-sufficient in food production.

Addressing revellers at the concluding function of the eight-day Longte festival at Nirjuli near Itanagar on Saturday, Taki said that Arunachal Pradesh has become a “consumer state” that totally depends on outside supply.

“Gone are the days when our forefathers were self-reliant by cultivating their vast lands. Now we are totally dependent on outside supply. This is a matter of great concern for every Arunachali, particularly those who have left farming.

“All stakeholders should seriously ponder to take up agriculture and horticulture by using traditional methods to not only become self-sufficient but also have surplus produce,” he said.

The minister said that the Arunachal government under Chief Minister Pema Khandu is promoting agriculture and horticulture, and urged all Arunachalis to take benefit of it.

Indigenous Affairs Director Sokhep Kri said that various initiatives are being taken to protect, preserve, promote and popularise the rich cultural heritage, age-old traditions and folklores of the 26 major and 100 other tribes in the state.

More than 180 artistes participated in a dance event in traditional attires that continued till late evening. (PTI)