ICAR-NRC on Mithun and NPC, DPIIT, MoC&I, GoI jointly organized “North East Sustainability Conclave on Productivity and Green Growth”

North East Sustainability Conclave on Productivity and Green Growth to Advance Sustainable Development was jointly organized by NPC, DPIIT, MoC&I, GoI and ICAR-NRC on Mithun, on 13th April 2023. This conclave was aimed to foster sustainable economic development in the Northeast region of India. By convening representatives from the government, private sector, academia, and progressive farmers, the event provided a platform to deliberate and share insights on strategies and ideas to achieve sustainable growth in the region.

Dr. B N Tripathi, DDG (Animal Science), ICAR, New Delhi in the opening address stated that climate change is an important issue to address and we have a goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions globally by the year 2070. Nagaland is known for its diverse indigenous communities and rich biodiversity. Organic and natural farming practices are gaining popularity in Nagaland as a means of promoting sustainable agriculture and preserving the environment, he added.

Dr. D. N. Thakur, National President, Sahakar Bharati, emphasized proper food storage for its availability during the lean season. He in his address stated that there is about 40% of food waste before reaching consumers, so measures have to be taken to mitigate food waste. He urged the farmers to focus more on the use of biogas to reduce the use of fossil fuels. Dr Thakur in his address emphasized significance of cooperative movement for achieving green and inclusive growth and urged Nagaland to take advantage of cooperative strength.

Dr. K. M. Bujarbaruah, Former DDG (Animal Science) and Former Vice Chancellor, AAU, Jorhat, delivered a lecture on crop and livestock-based natural farming with special reference to North East India. Dr. S. Venugopal, Director, National Institute of Technology, Nagaland highlighted the importance of green manufacturing in Northeast India. Dr Nazrul Haque, Principal Scientist delivered lecture on organic agriculture in north east India.

Shri Sundeep Kumar Nayak, IAS, Director General, National Productivity Council was the Chief Guest during the occasion. While delivering the keynote address he stated that NPC is spearheading green growth movement in the country. To this effect, NPC provides technical assistance to state governments and organisations for adoption of green growth. He stated that we need to have a net zero state action plan for Nagaland that includes mitigation and adoption measures aiming at reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and implementation of carbon neutral activities. He emphasized the role of private sector in achieving sustainability and significance of green finance to support environmentally sustainable projects or business practices.

Dr. Girish Patil S., Director of ICAR-NRCM, welcomed all the dignitaries and highlighted the role of Mithun in Natural farming. Mr. K. D. Bhardwaj, Director, Environment and Climate Change, NPC. Dr T. K. Dutta, Director, ICAR-CIRB, Hisar, Haryana, Deans and Professors from SASARD, Medziphema, Veterinary College, Jalukie, Patkai Christian College, Chumukdeima, SET, Dimapur, students also participated in the event.