Plant Genetic Resources Awarness Camp

A one day long programme on “Bio-diversity fair cum Plant Genetic Resources Awareness Camp” was organized by NBPGR, Umiam in collaboration with ICAR KVK Anjaw under TSP project at KVK campus, Khupa on 20th March 2020. A total of 140 farmers (both men and women) especially Women SHGs from different villages, KVK staffs, ADO attended the programme. The inaugural programme started with the felicitation programme and the welcome speech was address by the Manish Kanwat, Senior Scientist & Head, KVK Anjaw. Dr. G.D. Harish, Scientist, NBPGR, Umiam gave a detail power point presentation on the indigenous landraces & germplasm of the entire NE region. He also stressed that the landraces or germplasm once it’s lost, it can’t be recreated again. So it’s an urgent need to save & conserve it. Dr. Sandhya Gupta, Principal Scientist, NBPGR New Delhi, spoke about the activities of NBPGR in conservation of germplasm at National level. About 4 lakhs germplasm has been saved at NBPGR seed bank. Dr. Julius Uchoi, Scientist NBPGR Umiam also spoke on the conservation of underutilized horticultural crops and its importance’s in NEH region. Underutilized vegetables crop has been sublimating the food demand of the local population and there is huge necessity for the conservation of local landraces from extinction. Guest of honor, Mr. Habung Hailyang SP, Anjaw district stated that stray animal’s eradication programme of Chaglongam Circle has been conducted in presence of ADC Madam & CO Chaglongam. More such eradication programmes will be conducted under Hayuliang & Goiliang circles for the nuisance of stray animals roaming around the town. He also urged the farmers to rear their domestic animals with proper housing facilities. Further motivating the farmer’s that one’s willpower can lead to many accomplishments. Chief Guest, Mr. R.P Upadhaya Director General of Police, Arunachal Pradesh appreciated KVK Anjaw’s team for their hardwork and dedication for working in the remotest district. Since, he’s from the agriculture background, he emphasized on the transfer of the technologies from the laboratory to the farmer’s field to make the farmers aware about the latest technologies. He requested the farmers not to commercialize the cultivation of Opium, which will lead to hazardous effect to the society and to mitigate it by cultivation of fruit trees like Kiwi, etc. Lastly he aware the farmers about the deadly corona virus and to take precautionary measures. The Programme concluded with the vote of thanks from Dr. Julius Uchoi and thereafter 100 sprayers were distributed to the farmers.