Imphal, Jan. 10 (EMN): Northeast should be developed as an exclusive economic zone for organic products as the advantage of organic farming needs to be exploited suitably through technical and institutional interventions, said Manipur Governor Dr. Najma A Heptulla.
Addressing the 4th Convocation of Central Agricultural University (CAU) in Imphal at its Iroishemba campus near on Thursday, the governor agriculture is the biggest private sector economic activity in the country.
Stating that the region has tremendous potential in organic agriculture, food processing, and horticulture, commercial cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants, floriculture and minor forest products, Dr. Heptulla said should be looked at as agripreneurs.
“Agriculture has a significant role in the emergence and development of human civilization. It remains the lifeline and livelihood for more than 70% of the country’s population. It is true that agriculture receives top priority in our policy formulation ever since independence and our Agricultural Universities are the focal points of agricultural growth and change,” the governor said.
Chancellor Dr. S Ayyappan of the CAU, Imphal and the Vice Chancellor Prof M Premjit of the Agricultural University also spoke on the occasion.
Degree certificates, medals and other awards were handed out to the students by the dignateries present at the event.