ITANAGAR, July 3: Agriculture minister Gabriel D Wangsu on Wednesday reviewed the preparedness of agriculture and allied departments for the proposed Comprehensive Skill Training and Certification programme aimed at educating young farmers for self-employment. The meeting took place at the civil secretariat here.

Wangsu urged the departments to swiftly draft the proposal for launching the programme on a pilot basis, utilizing existing resources such as training institutes, personnel, infrastructure, and logistical support.

Highlighting the importance of encouraging educated youth to engage in agribusiness, the minister emphasized the necessity of cultivating a new generation of dedicated farmers. He called upon all officers for full cooperation in achieving this goal to tackle unemployment in the state effectively.

"We need to create a cadre of young, educated farmers who are self-employed and can lead the way for future generations," Wangsu said, directing departments to identify key areas and develop curricula and training modules tailored to the needs of young farmers.

Extensive discussions were also held on the programme modules and operational strategies. Officers actively participated, contributing suggestions to enhance the effectiveness of this ambitious initiative.

The proposed training initiative aims to equip young, educated farmers with skills for self-employment. Initially, it will enroll five farmers from each assembly constituency across agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry, fisheries, veterinary and dairy development departments. A total of 1200 young farmers are slated to receive training, with 300 participants in each department.

Selected farmers will undergo specialized training based on their chosen areas of interest, thereby enhancing their employability and entrepreneurial potential.

The session was attended by agriculture production commissioner Vivek Pandey, agriculture commissioner Bidol Tayeng, horticulture secretary Koj Rinya, animal husbandry secretary Hage Tari and directors from the departments concerned.