DCM launches integrated tribal development project

MEDO, 17 May: Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein launched the Integrated Tribal Development Project in Lohit district under Tribal Development Fund Tuesday.

The project is supported by National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development, Arunachal Pradesh Regional Office, Itanagar and implemented by Kalong-Kapili.

It will benefit 200 families from Wakro, Sunpura & Tezu blocks of Lohit district. Each beneficiary will be provided 1000 fish seeds, 100 areca nut, 50 banana and 20 Assam lemon saplings.

While addressing the beneficiaries, Mein asked to adopt ways to make the project sustainable in order to achieve the objective of self-reliance as envisaged under Atma Nirbhar Arunachal. He urged the beneficiaries to adopt professionalism and make it a model project by implementing it successfully. He further said to uphold dignity of labour and to work with determination. He further emphasized more on cluster farming and contract farming with buy back policy.

NABARD regional office, Itanagar general manager Partho Saha said that the project envisages orchard based livelihood to the farmers through horticulture plantation and maintenance, soil and moisture conservation, water resource development, training and capacity building of farmers, women development, health and sanitation etc.

Tezu MLA Karikho Kri called for adopting  latest scientific method for successful implementation of the project and urged the implementing agency to provide good quality fish seeds.

On the occasion, Lohit DC Marge Sora, Tezu DAO Nyokliam Sumnyan, NABARD district development manager Nitya Mili and Kalong-Kapili director Jyotish Talukdar also spoke.

DCM also distributed fish seeds, arecanut and Assam Lemon saplings to the beneficiaries on the occasion. (DCM media cell)