‘Big potential for tuber crops in North East’

Published: 04th December 2012 10:13 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th December 2012 10:13 AM   |  A+A-

There is a lot of potential for tuber crops to be developed in the North-Eastern States to ensure food security, said S V Ngachan, Director, Indian Council of Agricultural Research’s (ICAR) Research Complex for North-Eastern Hill (NEH) region of India. He was inaugurating a  training programme at the Central Tuber Crops Research Institute (CTCRI) on Monday.

 The training programme - ‘Improved tuber crops production technologies for the North East region’ - is being held between December 3 and 7 for the skill development of scientists, NGOs etc to produce ‘better quality tuber crops, planting materials at the project site’ -  which is the North East. As many as 15 trainees from various NEH states are participating in the programme.

 “The CTCRI is implementing a  livelihood and R&D project on tuber crops in the North-Eastern Hill region where crops like cassava, taro and sweet potato occupy a pre-dominant place in the food basket of people there,” said Ngachan.

 The ongoing training programme at CTCRI is part of its larger ‘technology intervention programme’ for “enhancing food security and sustainable livelihoods in North-Eastern India through tuber crop technologies”, according to CTCRI scientist S Ramanathan.

 “This year, under the 12th Five Year Plan, Rs 48 lakh has been set aside for the project,” said Ramanathan.

 The tentative budget is of Rs 2 crore, and is a collaboration with ICAR Research Complex for NEH, Meghalaya; four Krishi Vigyan Kendras and four non-governmental bodies.

Currently operational in four states - Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland and Tripura - the project is expected to be implemented in other states next year.

Stay up to date on all the latest Thiruvananthapuram news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp