Central Agricultural University convocation held

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, January 10, 2019: The fourth Convocation of Central Agricultural University (CAU), Imphal was held today at the sports ground of the university at Iroishemba in Imphal West.

Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla said agriculture is the biggest private sector economic activity in the country. We must move from 3Ps (public-private-partnership) to 4Ps that is, public-private-producer-partnership. As farmers are the main stakeholders in agriculture, they must be involved in all concerned decision making processes. Farmers should be looked at as agri-preneurs who interact with corporate entrepreneurs, needing business models to be worked out to provide win-win options.

The region has tremendous potential in organic agriculture, food processing, horticulture, commercial cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants, floriculture and minor forest products. The advantage of organic farming needs to be exploited suitably through technical and institutional interventions and the North East should be developed as an exclusive economic zone for organic products, she added.

She said agriculture has a significant role in the emergence and development of human civilization. It remains the lifeline and livelihood for more than 70 percent of the country’s population. It is true that agriculture receives top priority in our policy formulation ever since independence and our agricultural universities are the focal points of agricultural growth and change. Central Agricultural University, Imphal has spearheaded agricultural education in the region for the last 25 years and made significant contributions in research and technology development and wished CAU for more production and productivity in the coming days.

Chancellor of the CAU, Imphal Dr. S. Ayyappan, its vice-chancellor Prof. M. Premjit Singh former vice-chancellors, deans from different agricultural universities of the north eastern states, faculty members, parents of the students were were present in the ceremony.

Presentation of the candidates for conferment of degrees, admission of degrees in absentia, exhortation by the chancellor and distribution of University Gold medals and memorial medals were the attractions of the day.

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