19 May 2022, New Delhi: Mr. Giriraj Singh, Union Minister of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj visited the ICAR-Research Complex for North-Eastern Hill Region, Umiam, Meghalaya here today.
The Union Minister was accompanied by Mr. Arpit Upadhyay, Deputy Commissioner, Ri-Bhoi District and Mr. Giri Prasad M., Superintendent of Police, Ri-Bhoi District, Meghalaya.
Mr. Singh visited the Institute’s Piggery, Poultry and Dairy Farms to witness the Pig Breed – Lumsniang developed by the Institute. The Union Minister highlighted the inevitable challenges of food security in the coming Years due to the exhaustive population pressure of the country. Apprising about the contributions of the Green Revolution in the country, Mr. Singh stressed on the need of producing more food grains with better yields. He regarded the holistic integrated approach as the need of the hour for bringing about any development in an aspirational District like Ri-Bhoi. Mr. Singh also urged the ICAR and Central Agricultural University, College of Post Graduate Studies in Agricultural Sciences for working in collaboration keeping in mind the farmers’ needs first.
Earlier, welcoming the dignitaries, Dr. S.K. Das, Director (Incharge), ICAR-Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam underlined the Institute’s achievements and its mandates.