Arunachal: Minister Taki advised farmers to increase income by growing indigenous crops


Agriculture Minister Tage Taki advised farmers to increase their income by growing indigenous crops such as maize, oilseeds, and grains on a large scale. Taki also recommended farmers to make fodder and fish feed from locally accessible resources at a meeting arranged by the state BJP Kisan Morcha here in East Siang district on Monday.

Speaking about the government’s farm projects, Taki invited party workers to inform farmers about them and support locals in taking advantage of them. Shambu Kumar, national general secretary of the BJP, stated that agriculture and allied sectors are critical to the country’s economy and recommended farmers to practise scientific agriculture.

Kumar stated that the party plans to hold a three-day NE regional level farmers’ meeting here in March, with agriculture experts, researchers, and progressive farmers from throughout the country likely to attend. According to state BJP general secretary Nalom Mize, more than one lakh hectares of cultivable land in the state are sitting fallow, and the state’s farmers can only tap 50% of the state’s agricultural potential.

The primary challenges for farmers, according to him, are a lack of technical knowledge and financial resources, as well as a lack of connectivity. Tana Hali Tara, MLA for Doimukh, Kaling Moyong, MLA for Pasighat East, Dinggoli Libang, state BJP Kisan Morcha president, and progressive farmer Ojing Aze also addressed.

Taki had previously launched an eco-friendly pig farm in Berung, on the outskirts of Pasighat. The minister also dedicated a district veterinary hospital facility in Pasighat as well as the administrative building of the State Agricultural Management & Extension Training Institute at the GTC.

Later, Taki travelled to Dibang Valley HQ Roing, where he dedicated another environmentally friendly pig house and the district veterinary facility in the presence of MLAs Tara and Mutchu Mithi, Agri-Horti Secretary Bidol Tayeng, and Deputy Commissioner Soumya Saurabh. The pig shelter can accommodate 30 sows and two boars.

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