Mukhi harps on capacity building of farmers to reap dividends of organic markets

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Guwahati, May 5: Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi on Saturday said that the three-day-long Vibrant North East 2018 would act as the catalyst in transforming North East into an organic hub of the country and help the region to formulate effective program to take advantage of the growing demand of the global organic market which is over 62 billion US Dollar at present.

Speaking on the concluding function of Vibrant North East in Guwahati, Mukhi said that in sync with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of transforming Northeast into an organic hub, the Centre has launched a major organic programme for Northeast and now the region should be empowered to take advantage of the programme to make the region an organic hub.

Mukhi, however, said that there is an urgent need for training and competence building, investments, marketing, processing, projects and infrastructure development to accelerate the capacity building of the region to sow the seeds and reap the dividends of organic market.

Mukhi further said that if that is done it would lead to accelerated growth, creation of more jobs for the people of this region. He reiterated that Vibrant North East which featured agri and rural expo,  North East Development Meet and so on and so forth would boost respective governments’ efforts in creating better awareness towards investment and growth potential of the region.

The Governor also stated that Northeastern is particularly dependent on agriculture more particularly on horticulture. Each state of the region is famous for its unique horticultural produce.

“I believe North East will be at the top in the country to achieve the target given by our Prime Minister to double farmers’ income by 2022. Our farmers have toiled hard and they are now self sufficient and are contributing to the nation’s endeavour of exporting agricultural produce to other countries,” the Governor said.

The Governor also paid a visit to the exhibition stalls which showcased products and technologies for the benefit of the farmers, entrepreneurs, youth and other stake-holders. It may be noted that the exhibition displays products and services ranging from financial inclusion to micro irrigation, horticulture to rural crafts and skill development to entrepreneurship programmes and expressed satisfaction over the manner in which the exhibition has been conducted to lend awareness as well education to the stake-holders.

Organised jointly by the Centre for Agriculture and Rural Development and ASSOCHAM and with the active support of the Ministry of DONER, Vibrant North East 2018  saw the participation of  the major Union Ministries such as agriculture and famers’ welfare, food processing, Rural Development, drinking water, MSME, and important organisations such as, NABARD, NSDC etc besides states of Meghalaya, Assam, Arunachal etc. which have served as an important networking platform for the industries and investors about the potential of the region.

Executive director, Centre for Agriculture and Rural Development Dr. A.K. Srivastava, CEO, International Agriculture Consulting Group Dr. Dinesh Chauhan, president, All India Famers’ Alliance Dr. Rajaram Tripathi, CEO Stevia Biotech Ltd Saurabh Agarwal and a host of dignitaries were present at the valedictory programme.

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