ITANAGAR, Nov 7 � Asserting that a stable agricultural sector ensures a nation of food security, Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt Gen Nirbhay Sharma (Retd) has called upon the agricultural scientists and engineers to explore ways and means to make Indian agriculture a sustainable, profitable and competitive enterprise.
He said it can be made so through engineering interventions of farm mechanisation, natural resource management, value addition and energy management in production and post-harvest operations.
By incorporating automation, precision and smart technologies to new and existing farming equipments, we can optimise efficiency, sustainability and reliability of our produce and enhance our economy, he said while inaugurating the national conference on �emerging technology trends in agricultural engineering� at North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST), Nirjuli, near here today.
The Governor exhorted the agricultural scientists to initiate innovative ideas, while underscoring that the wisdom of the conference should move to the fields and be beneficial to the farmers.
He stressed on food processing, requirement of developing entrepreneurship base in the region and to strengthen research and development (R&D) activities in the field of agriculture and allied subjects. It should be integrating technology with the local needs, he opined.
Citing local challenges like water scarcity in winter, the Governor urged upon the scientific community to take the challenge and come up with a workable solution to it. He also urged them to find scientific technique for waste management, which can be used in agricultural fields.