Northeast Current Affairs

Northeast’s first regional Centre for Agriculture with Israeli collaboration to come up in Mizoram

Northeast India’s first regional Centre for Agriculture with collaboration of Israel will be inaugurated in Mizoram in March 2018. It will be first such centre in North East region of India being established with Israeli collaboration.

There are 22 such operational centres setup across India with support of Israel including in states of Haryana, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab. The first centre was established in 2008 in Haryana.

Centre for Agriculture

This centre will be exclusively for processing of citrus fruits and will cater to the whole north east. It has been set up with tripartite collaboration of Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of Israel and Mizoram Government. Israel will provide expertise knowledge and professional support to the centre.

Significance

It will benefit the farmers of the north eastern region in the long run and will also encourage the farmers from other regions. It will serve as model of learning for other countries in Indian sub-continent. It will benefit the people of North East in the area of innovation, especially for start-ups.

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Government sets up the NITI Forum for Northeast

The Union Ministry for Development of North-East Region (DoNER) is setting up the ‘NITI Forum for North-East’ to identify constraints and recommend suitable interventions for speedy and sustainable growth in North East Region (NER). The forum will be co-chaired by Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog and Minister of State (I/C), Ministry of Development of Northeastern Region (DoNER). It will have its Secretariat in the Ministry of DoNER.

NITI Forum for Northeast

The forum is tasked to identify various constraints on way of accelerated, inclusive and sustainable economic growth in NER. It will recommend suitable interventions for addressing identified constraints. It will also review development status in NER.

It may also examine and address any other issues which are of importance but not specifically spelt out in its Terms of Reference. It may devise its own procedure to conduct its business, meetings, field visits or constitution of Sub-Groups etc.

Members of the Forum

It will include Secretaries of Ministries of Road Transport & Highways, Power, Railways, Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Health & Family Welfare, New & Renewable Energy, Human Resource Development, Environment, Forest & Climate Change. Chief Secretaries of 8 Northeastern states of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Sikkim will also be members of the Forum.  Secretary, North East Council (NEC), Shillong will be Member Secretary.  Joint Secretary (NE), Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), besides a number of experts from various fields will also be members of Forum.

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