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Governor calls for tapping NE�s natural resources

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, May 28 � The two-day North East Summit 2015 concluded at the Veterinary College ground, Khanapara here on Wednesday.

Assam Governor PB Acharya was the chief guest of the concluding session.

While addressing the gathering present at the summit, the Governor said, �Our scientists have developed techniques and technologies to assist our farmers over the years, but due to some system failure we somehow could not progress or help our farmers who are the nation�s food makers.�

Laying emphasis on youths� uplift, he added, �India is a country of youth. Conventional degrees have not helped in providing employment to our youth over the years. The need of the hour is to help these youths and farmers by helping them in their entrepreneurship ventures.�

The Governor, while pointing out that the Northeast has been blessed with abundant resources such as hydropower, minerals, forest, etc, said that the nation�s scientists must be able to help convert resources into wealth.

Dr KL Chaddha, a horticultural scientist, author and a former National Professor of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, who was also present in the summit, stressed the need for tapping the Northeast�s huge horticulture potential that is more than any other State of the country.

�But the disheartening fact is that the productivity per hectare is less here than any other State in India due to road and transport constraints and poor equipment,� he added.

Participants from Coffee Board, Rubber Board, APEDA and the Government of Arunachal Pradesh were felicitated at the summit. The Governor also visited the stalls and distributed mementos and certificates to stall officials.

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