To make Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR) and other research agencies in Leh more farmer-friendly and works towards sustainable development of Ladakh, Chairman/Chief Executive Councillor, LAHDC Leh, Tashi Gyalson visited it today.
He was accompanied by Executive Councillor for Horticulture, Ghulam Mehdi, Executive Councillor for Agriculture, Stanzin Chosphel and Councillor Thiksey, Stanzin Chosfail.
Among present on the occasion were Director DIHAR, OP Chaurasia; Chief Agriculture Officer, Tsering Dorjey; Chief Horticulture Officer, Tsewang Punchok; Scientist DIHAR, Dr Stobdan; Scientist DIHAR, Dr Dorjey Angchuk and officials of DIHAR Leh.
Dr Stobdan gave a detailed presentation on the different areas of work at DIHAR. He highlighted various modern age technologies in the farming sector which DIHAR have been researching and implementing till now. He also highlighted the potentials of agriculture and its allied sectors in transforming the economy of Ladakh.
CEC Gyalson appreciated DIHAR’s contribution towards defence as well as the civil society in Ladakh. He stated that Ladakh needs to become self-reliant where the farming sector should get the utmost attention and encouragement which will help them generate an alternative source of income.
Addressing the gathering, EC Mehdi stated that DIHAR has been doing a tremendous job in transforming the farming sector of Ladakh. He requested Director DIHAR and his team to work collectively in developing and adopting modern technologies for larger-scale production of Apricot and Buckwheat in Ladakh.
EC Chosphel also highlighted on the improvisation of government schemes with different strategies and requirement of dialogues between the Agriculture Department and DIHAR for training farmers in the rural sector. He urged scientists to work collaboratively in conducting mass awareness campaigns among the people of Ladakh regarding new-age technologies and their adoption by the local farmers.
Assuring utmost support to the LAHDC Leh for guiding Leh district towards sustainable development, Director DIHAR stated that the institute is trying its best to share the knowledge of new technologies and their expertise with the farmers of Ladakh. He assured to extend further support to make the technologies accessible to every farmer of Ladakh.
CEC Gyalson also visited SKUAST campus yesterday. He urged the scientists to work in close coordination with DIHAR and other research agencies to work for the benefit of local farmers by implementing their research, technology and scientific knowledge. He stressed that research of SKUAST, DIHAR and other institutes should go in tandem with the vision of LAHDC, Leh.