Shillong, December 05: As part of the observance of World Soil Day, the office of the Research Officer, East Khasi Hills, Department of Agriculture, Meghalaya today organized a programme under the theme “Caring for the Planet starts from the Ground”, at the District and Local Research Station and Laboratories, Shillong. Commissioner and Secretary to the Government of Meghalaya, Agriculture Department, PS Kumar and Secretary to the Government of Meghalaya, Agriculture Department, MN Nampui graced the inaugural programme as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour respectively.
During the programme, the Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour distributed Soil Health Cards to the farmers of East Khasi Hills and Ri-Bhoi Districts.
Congratulating the farmers for their hard work and dedication, PS Kumar said that farmers are the backbone of development in the state. He also informed about the interventions that are being taken up in various areas to address issues faced by the farmers of the state, which include zero budget farming, where farmers would not only get benefits from farming but would also help in the promotion of sustainable livelihood. He said that the helpline (toll free number) “1917” and the Agri-response Call Centre will be set up to help the farmers put forward their complaints and grievances and also for other farming related queries.
MN Nampui, in her speech, expressed hope that the deliberations by the experts at the Technical Session will enlighten the farmers on the significance of soil health and the correct usage of fertilizers. “This will not only be beneficial for maintaining the overall health of the consumers but will also bring about a new trend to farming” she said.
Later, MN Nampui inaugurated the Mini Micro-Biological Laboratory in the office premises.