Union Minister of Agriculture, and Farmer’s Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh inaugurated College of Veterinary Sciences & Animal Husbandry of Central Agricultural University (CAU) in Nagaland
The Minister while inaugurating the College said that agricultural education plays an important role in ensuring food security and human resource development in any society, wherein the role of Universities is pivotal. Considering this need, the Government of India established Central Agricultural University in the region in 1992. The University has so far established seven colleges. Keeping in view the advancement of human resource and agricultural and allied sciences, during the Twelve Five Year Plan, the Government of India added 6 more colleges in the Region. The College of Veterinary Sciences & Animal Husbandry, Jalukie is also one of the colleges added during the Twelve Five Year Plan. Recently, Union Cabinet has approved the amendment of CAU Act, 1992 to include the state of Nagaland under the jurisdiction of the Central Agricultural University, Imphal. The state Government of Nagaland has been kind enough to provide suitable land free of cost to establish the College. The Minister expressed happiness over the involvement of the State Government of Nagaland for the establishment of this College. The Minister further expressed hope that this new college will try to maintain higher standards of education and help the state of Nagaland to make rapid development and advancement in term of agriculture and allied sciences and human resource sector.
The Minister envisioned the role of this College that would go a long way in helping the State of Nagaland in accessing modern technologies to fulfil the vision of the State Government for self-sufficiency in Animal Husbandry produces, given the reality that livestock, piggery and poultry farming has been an integral part of the Naga people. He acknowledged that animal husbandry practices have been playing a pivotal role in supplementing family income and generating employment to the rural poor apart from efficient utilization of agricultural products & by-products suitable for human consumption. The Minister also expressed his hope that the College will complement the development of Animal Husbandry development in Nagaland and benefit the people of Nagaland.
While the College is being established by the Central Government, help and support of the State Government and Veterinary Council of India is also equally important in achieving the mandate of the College in letter and spirit. The Minister also assured that the infrastructure will be developed in a faster speed and all required posts of teaching and non-teaching staff will be filled up expeditiously.
After this programme Shri Radha Mohan Singh inaugurated KVK in Peren. He further stated that one Seed Hub is being established under the aegis of Central Agricultural University (CAU), Imphal and another in ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Tripura Centre located in Agartala. He further announced that one KVK would be established this year in Kifre District. Further, front line demonstration of pulses and oil seeds would be conducted in 60 hectares and 220 hectares, respectably in the state this year.
Shri T.R. Zeliang, Chief Minister of Nagaland, Farmers of Peren District, Officers, Faculty, Staff Members of the University, representatives of Press and Media were present on this occasion.
Finally, Shri Radha Mohan Singh greeted all the residents of Nagaland on this occasion.