Guwahati: Minister of the Union Sarbananda Sonowal asked an expert group of academics and agro-entrepreneurs to develop a report on the feasibility of organic and natural agriculture in the North East that can serve as a roadmap for policy development futures.
He also stressed the need to promote sustainable agriculture by combining traditional practices with modern technology, according to an official statement.
Sonowal, the Union Minister of AYUSH, was briefed on the existing types of agriculture and their economic and ecological viability during a meeting with a panel of experts here on Sunday to explore the possibility of fired growth through agriculture, especially for the farming community. Northeast, he said.
Various aspects of inorganic, organic and natural agriculture were discussed and assessed from a sustainable and economic perspective of the region, he added.
It was stressed that growth from agriculture must meet both the ecological and economic needs of the region and its people.
The team of experts was led by Bidyut Deka, the vice-chancellor of Assam Agriculture University (AAU).
Sonowal asked the expert group to prepare a comprehensive report on the feasibility of organic and natural agriculture so that it becomes a roadmap and approach for any future policy discussion at the highest level of government.
The report will be prepared under the auspices of the AAU with highlights of the state’s successful agro-entrepreneurs involved in organic and natural farming and the comparative review of the Northeast, according to the statement.
“The use of modern technology and expert techniques must be done in such a way as to reap the benefits of agriculture in our region,” Sonowal said.
“We have to learn from our roots and adopt modern techniques to achieve sustainable development. It must respect the ecological balance of our region and at the same time achieve the economic prosperity of our agricultural community, ”he added.
Sonowal said there is a huge opportunity for the region’s farming community to reap the benefits and become a major player in the expansion of AYUSH-based industries.
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