Arunachal: APSCS&T Chairman Lauds centre of Excellence


Arunachal Pradesh State Council for Science & Technology (APSCS&T) Chairman Bamang Mangha on Sunday lauded the APSCS&T’s Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Bioresources & Sustainable Development in Papum Pare district while chairing a review meeting with APSCS&T Director CD Mungyak, Centre for Earth Sciences & Himalayan Studies Director Tana Tage, CoE Director Dr Debajit Mahanata, and others.

Chairman Mangha urged the scientists to embark upon research activities that can have more societal benefits and help the state to boost its economy through natural resources.

“Arunachal Pradesh is bestowed with vast natural resources, which could not be tapped due to lack of scientific interventions,” he said, adding that the state government needs to focus more on science-based research activities “to take the state on the path of self-sustenance.”

Science & Technology Secretary Ajay Chagti told the participating delegates from the finance, planning, and law departments that the CoE’s “world-class infrastructure” needs to be “sustained, for which support of state government is called for.”

Deputy Law Secretary Dani Belo stressed on “tackling bio-piracy, which is taking place across the world,” adding that, otherwise the state’s natural resources would be exploited by unauthorised parties. “We are lucky to have this centre of excellence in our state, which is taking care of our resources,” he said.

Joint Planning Director Okep Tayeng suggested to the department to “take up more international and national collaboration projects in the field of biotechnology that can really help the state government to generate more avenues for the youths, farmers and entrepreneurs,” while Dr Mahanta made a presentation on the CoE’s achievements in the last three years. He said that the centre has a state-of-the-art orchidarium “for conservation and multiplication of priority orchid species, along with its satellite units in villages, with a view to promote orchid-based entrepreneurship in rural areas of Arunachal Pradesh.”

“Apart from this, the department is engaging banana fibre extraction and processing through units which were set up in a few selected districts of Arunachal Pradesh,” he said, adding that “more than 100 beneficiaries have been selected, based on interviews and availability of land for banana cultivation, and more than 3,000 banana saplings have been distributed to the beneficiaries for cultivation.”

It is to be mentioned that the department has also established a distillation unit for aromatic oil to promote cultivation of aromatic crops such as lemongrass, citronella, palmarosa, etc.



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