CS stresses on ‘revolutionary’ development in agri & allied sectors; identifies 5 districts to adopt ‘Lohit model’

ITANAGAR, Nov 7: In view of immense potentials in Agriculture, horticulture and allied sectors in Arunachal Pradesh and subsequently to take up a comprehensive model developed by Lohit District Administration in the sectors to soar it, Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar called a meeting, which was held at the CS conference hall in Civil Secretariat here today.

The meeting was attended by Secretary Agriculture & Horticulture Bidol Tayeng, Secretary Planning Himanshu Gupta, Secretary AH & VS Mimum Tayeng, NABARD General Manager Dr G K Nair, Spice Board representatives, Directors and officers of Agriculture, Horticulture and AH & VS departments, representatives from APEDA and Deputy Commissioners of Lohit, West Kameng, East Kameng, Lower Dibang Valley and West Siang.

Citing the ‘Lohit model’ as an example, the Chief Secretary emphasized on a revolutionary development in the line of “Green Revolution and White Revolution” in Arunachal Pradesh in agri and allied sectors in order to enhance growth and development of the sectors, said an official press note.

Lohit DA has established Lohit Agricultural Farmer Producer Organization, a cooperative society of farmers who are responsible to sell the agriculture and horticulture products of Lohit district farmers. Their products are basically naturally grown and organic comprising of Lohit rice, green tea, large cardamom, cinnamon, oranges, turmeric etc. They have also created an online market at www.lohitfarmers.org with e-payment facilities.

This has created a huge opportunity for local farmer entrepreneurs for income generation and also contributed to the rural prosperity by giving a market to the local farmers to sell their naturally grown and organic products.

Considering the vast land resource availability, favourable agri-horti climatic condition (also favourable for AH & V, fisheries), the CS identified five districts namely West Kameng, East Kameng, West Siang, East Siang and Lower Dibang Valley to follow the similar concept of Lohit district with an objective to provide better income generation and market to the farmers for their produces. He, however, welcomed customization and modification as per suitability of the region or district.

Further, the Chief Secretary sought every bit of support from Spice Board, NABARD, and APEDA to boost agri and allied sectors in Arunachal Pradesh.