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Union Agriculture Secretary Manoj Ahuja reviews Ministry’s major programmes and schemes for the North Eastern Region

Manoj Ahuja, Secretary, Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare (DA&FW), Government of India chaired a high level meeting at the Central Institute of Horticulture (CIH), Medziphema, Nagaland on 12th November 2022 to review the Ministry’s major programmes and schemes for the North Eastern Region (NER). Senior officials of all eight North-Eastern states participated in the deliberations.

During the meeting, Dr. Abhilaksh Likhi, Addl. Secretary, DA&FW, informed about the Schemes and Programmes being implemented in the NER, focussing on the National Mission on Edible Oil – Oil Palm, National Mission of Edible Oilseeds, Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH), Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North Eastern region, Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY), Formation and Promotion of Farmer Producers Organizations (FPOs), National Bamboo Mission and National Beekeeping & Honey Mission (NBHM).The different states of the NER presented status and issues related to implementation of Central Government schemes.

In this meeting, major issues of non-availability of planting materials for oil palm and issues related to release of funds were discussed. The concerned Joint Secretary of Ministry held detailed discussion with various HODs of State Governments and also resolved the problems faced by them.

After reviewing the schemes and details presentations by North Eastern States Secretary, DA&FW assured the States of the Department’s support to resolve their issues, including the following steps:

  1. Setting up of MRL labs, soil testing & seed testing labs in each state.
  2. Timely conduct of State Level Steering Committee (SLSC) for approval of proposal and Projects.
  3. Timely submission of all the UCs and Progress report.
  4.  To coordinate with research institute such as ICAR, SAUs, KVKs for latest production technology and dissemination through extension system.
  5. Value chain development for agricultural produces.
  6. Take up and completion of infrastructure project under RKVY timely.

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