Keeping his election promise of addressing lack of development in the north eastern part of the country Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday gave nod to setting up of a world class Indian Agricultural Institute in Assam.
Accordingly, the Cabinet Committee approved the proposal of ICAR scheme of the establishment of the Indian Agricultural Institute (IARI)- Assam with hundred percent outlay of central government on 587 acres of land provided by the government of Assam.
Agriculture Minister, Radha Mohan Singh said that IARI-Assam would be a Post-Graduate Institute of higher learning in Agricultural Education and it will have all the hallmark identities of IARI in New Delhi including all sectors of agriculture like field crops, horticulture crops, agroforestry, animal husbandry, fisheries, poultry, piggery, silk rearing, honey production, etc.
Singh informed that IARI-Assam would work on the agrarian challenges and complexities of North Eastern India in coordination with all existing central and state government R&D Institutions and private sector enterprises.
It would aim to promote agro-based industries and generate employment opportunities for holistic and sustainable development of the agriculture sector in the North Eastern region.
Six months ago, the State Government provided land for the project. Now, with the cabinet’s approval, the route is clear for this project.