Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Sunday that the Center and the states are committed together in the holistic development of the northeast, including Nagaland.
Tomar visited the Central Institute of Horticulture in Nagaland and launched a workshop and exhibition for farmers.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to see holistic and balanced development and benefits from government schemes reach eligible people including farmers down to grassroots level which will improve their standard of living,” the minister said. at the inauguration. ceremony.
He affirmed that the Central Government will continue walking step by step and shoulder to shoulder with the states for the development of the Northeast. “It is necessary to transform agriculture into advanced agriculture for the benefit of the country’s farmers, including the Northeast,” added Tomar.
In the program organized by the Central Institute of Horticulture (Medziphema, Dimapur), the main guest, Tomar, said that if the central and state governments work together, the results will surely be good, and this is what is happening now.
Emphasizing the increase in production and productivity, the Minister of Agriculture said that the income of the brothers and sisters who work in the agricultural sector must also increase, for this they must switch to paid cultivation, connect with technology, bring new technology to farmers through R&D institutions. , ordinary farmers should get the benefit of scientific research, and government funding should also reach them.
“The Central Government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, is working closely with the State Governments on all these issues,” he said.
Tomar expressed the hope that farmers in this region will lead a new revolution in horticultural development.
“The Northeast region has been a victim of neglect for a long time and due to its remoteness it became difficult to reap the benefits of the schemes here, but after becoming Prime Minister Shri Modi has constantly paid attention to getting enough funding for the development of the Northeast, ensured that the Union Ministers visit this region regularly, the Prime Minister himself also came here several times so that the problems of the region continue to be resolved by the Government of India,” he said.
Tomar assured that the Central Institute of Horticulture will stay here, it will not move anywhere, there will be no lack of funds for this and the Central Government will leave no stone unturned in its development.
He said that by virtue of the six agroclimatic zones with wide geographical variations present in the Northeast Region, and Nagaland in particular, it has the potential to provide considerable scope and advantages for the cultivation of many horticultural crops compared to other states.
“There are huge possibilities. Nagaland also has great potential for exporting agricultural products due to its proximity to Southeast Asian countries, there is a need to increase productivity and ensure the quality of agricultural products is up to global standards. As a result, farmers will get a good price and their financial situation will improve and the agricultural sector will also contribute more to the country’s GDP,” he said.
In addition, he said that everyone is making joint efforts to bring new technology to farmers at low cost, he thanked the efforts of the institute and the State Government in this direction.
Nagaland Agriculture Minister G Kaito also addressed the meeting and spoke about the development of agriculture in the state.
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