Pawar for strong post-harvest infrastructure, appropriate farm technologies in northeast

Sikkim, Dec 1 : Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Minister Sharad Pawar advocated the strengthening of post-harvest infrastructure in the north-eastern states and evolving farm technologies suitable for this region.

Pawar, who inaugurated a new block of the College of Agriculture Engineering and Post Harvest Technology near Ranipool in Sikkim yesterday, expressed hope that this post-harvest technology college, the upcoming agriculture college in Arunachal and horticulture college in Sikkim and existing agricultural institutions will usher in fast growth of agriculture, animal husbandry, dairy and fishery sectors in the north east.

He said if India exported agricultural produce worth Rs 2.32 lakh crore this year after meeting the consumption need of its 1.2 billion population and stocking foodgrains much above the buffer norms, the credit goes to the farming community, scientists, technologists and state governments.

Pawar further said, India is today the highest producer of milk, pulses and, jute and is second in the world in the production of rice, wheat, sugarcane, groundnuts, vegetable foods and cotton.

"It is also the leading producer of spices and plantation crops as well as livestock, fisheries and poultry. India is thus emerging as a major player in the international market," he added.

The Governor of Sikkim Shrinivas Patil, Chief Minister Pawan Chamling, and Vice Chancellor of Central Agriculture University Dr S N Puri addressed the inaugural function. State Agriculture Minister D N Thakarpa, Lok Sabha MP Sikkim P D Rai were also present on the occasion.

--ANI (Posted on 01-12-2013)

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