GUWAHATI: The Assam Agri University (AAU), Jorhat has agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Arunachal Pradesh agriculture department on agriculture and allied sector research and development in Arunachal Pradesh.
The deputy chief minister of the neighbrouing state, Chowna Mein, one Thursday visited AAU along with the director of agriculture, Anong Lego and a team of officers from the department of agriculture.
Assam Agri University Mein sought scientific intervention, support, help and guidance from the institute in research and development, evolving of package of practices and Geographical Indicators (GI) registration of indigenous crops of the state like Khamti Lahi, Monpa Maize, Adi Kekir, etc.
He said, “The GI tag and networking for quality assurance, packaging, branding need to be promoted for exportable commodities to meet the international standards and protocol. Many indigenous crop species of high demand especially in the overseas market need to be GI registered for patenting so as to ensure intellectual property rights protection to fetch a premium price in the international markets.”
Mein added that the GI registration will not only be limited to Khamti Lahi/Rice, Monpa Maize and Adi Kekir but will be extended to other indigenous crops of Arunachal Pradesh.