Arunachal Pradesh agriculture minister Tage Taki along with state’s legislative Assembly speaker Pasang D Sona on Thursday inspected the ongoing trail-cum-demonstration garden at Segong village near Mechuka in Shi-Yomi district.

During the visit, the district horticulture officer briefed the minister and speaker about the trail-cum-demonstration garden and informed that it would be used to create awareness on high-value crops and imparting training to the local farmers.

Various fruiting trees have been planted in the garden so far, she added.

The minister suggested the DHO to pick up crops that not only suit the natural condition of the area but also have high market value.

The minister and speaker later planted tree saplings in the garden and also released fingerling in a fish pond located inside the garden. The duo also distributed storage crates to members of AAJA Self Help Group, Segong.

Meanwhile, Taki and Sona also visited the trout farm and proposed site for state-of-art trout fisheries complex at Lhallung village.

The minister, while interacting with the officials and landowners, expressed satisfaction over the location and assured to extend every possible help from his side for the success of the project.

At Aalo, the headquarters of West Siang district, Taki distributed two tractors and 16 power tillers to the farmers of the district, earlier on the day.

The minister also inspected the status of various schemes under the agriculture, horticulture, veterinary and fisheries department along with Aalo East MLA Kento Jini and the heads of departments.

Addressing a gathering, Taki said efforts are being made to mitigate the growing demands of the farmers.

He called upon the farmers to take up agriculture in a mechanized way and stressed on getting their names registered so as to avail the benefits of government schemes and aid.

The minister also asked the officers of departments concerned to provide timely data on production statistics so that more demands can be placed before the Central government.

He asked the field officials to make regular visits to fields of farmers and help them with technical knowledge.

DAMIEN LEPCHA

Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: lepcharaul@gmail.com