His Excellency Hon'ble Governor of Nagaland & Arunachal Pradesh
Hon’ble Governor Shri PB Acharya, urged the people of the North East region to have a humane relationship amongst each other
without discriminating between tribal and non-tribal and their economic status or appointments. He also highlighted the importance of better infrastructure
for farmers driving home the point that just increasing production of crops does not mean that much for farmers if the supporting infrastructure like
transportation, roads etc are also not developed along with. Hon’ble Governor emphasized that the Universities must not be centers for education only but
centers for Development also. It should not be factors for graduates but produce good human and intelligent, patriotic, skilled and useful citizens. They
should know how to harness the potential of the region and create assets out of the natural resources.
His Excellency Hon'ble Governor of Assam
In his address to
the public present in the summit, Hon’ble Shri. Purohit told that the scientists have developed techniques and technologies to assist the farmers of our
country for many years, but due to various systems failure, the farmers could not be helped much. Farmers are the food makers for the nations. There is huge
untapped potential in NE region for augmenting value chains in agriculture through crop diversification and forward and backward linkages, including
post-harvest handling and processing. First, the rich diversity of NE agro-ecosystems is a source of sustainable growth for the sector. Second, joint
ventures between public research institutes and the private sector are seen more favorably today. Such partnerships could considerably augment R&D efforts.
Third, agriculture can develop value chain processing activities in rural areas to meet the changing pattern of food demand in the country and to tap
international markets. Fourth, crop diversification has become a potential source of agricultural growth, creating new export and employment opportunities.
Fifth, livestock, fishery, piggery, sericulture and horticulture are emerging as important sunrise sectors. Because most livestock is owned by small and
marginal farmers and landless households in rural areas, the rapid growth of these sectors benefits poor households.
Secretary – Ministry of DONER
He stated that “North-East is home to a wide variety of exotic vegetables, fruits, flowers and orchids –
and clearly, there is great scope for both horticulture and agriculture”. And there is immense potential to expand the production and sale of orchid and
flowers, replacing imports. Also, abundant in the region are fruits like kiwi and avocado, which, again, can replace Indian imports. New food processing
initiatives would help extract greater value from crops like turmeric, cardamom, ginger, pineapple and king chilly (popularly known as Bhut Jolokia, or
‘Ghost Pepper). But there is bottleneck and hinges among private stakeholders to invest in Northeast that’s a really matter of concern. He also spoke about
govt. run programs and possibilities that can be be explored to connect NE to rest of India. He outstretched his opinion about Govt schemes for NE in
substantial investment subsidies, and in addition, the North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Limited (NEDFi) which provides term loan up to Rs 1
crore at low interest rate. He introduced Shri B. Paul Muktieh, Chairman & Managing Director of NEDFi to the crowd. In continuing with the govt. initiatives
to promote regional tourism, he highlighted the upcoming plans with NEC for setting up of a public-private North East Tourism Development Council, which will
envisage to become a company that would be owned jointly by the NEC or the government. The three-day long event is expected to bring a large number of the
national and international stake-holders from the industry, institutions, government and the development sectors to showcase the programs and schemes,
products, technologies and services; and deliberate upon the issues and opportunities and the way forward.