Terming Arunachal Pradesh as an agriculture heaven, Singh said that the people here have been abundantly blessed with all of nature’s resources, adding that organic farming will ensure that Arunachal Pradesh becomes a major agro-tourism destination. Asserting that “it is pertinent to add value addition to agriculture and horticulture produces by changing the raw product into something new through different processes”, he reiterated that “Without value addition, it would be a meaningless venture.”
He also assured to look into the problems endemic to the state and ensure that these are looked into. Minister Agriculture, Wangki Lowang said that Arunachal Pradesh has always been traditionally organic, with the farmers having excellent advantage on natural farming system. He identified the problems of marketing and said that the government is looking at opening agro-based incubators in all the districts of the state.
Lowang appealed to the Union Government to reserve one bogie per month in the train from Naharlagun to Delhi exclusively for carrying the agri-horti produces of the state. He further requested the government to identify a dedicated market in Delhi in a start up basis to sell these produces. Lowang also requested the state government to procure only organic foods for any state government programmes as a way to encourage the farmers, saying that the focus should be as much on disposing the products as on its production.
With the launch of this mission, the state has outlined measures to discourage use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides in Arunachal Pradesh and gradually substitute plant nutrients by organic manures and bio-fertilisers as well as manage control of diseases and insect pests by biological control measures, along with creating and developing markets for organic food produces of the state.