NIRJULI, July 6: The lab-to-land approach is essential for achieving success, particularly in the farming sector, according to Agriculture minister Gabriel D Wangsu.

He emphasized this during a whirlwind tour of various farms in the capital region on Saturday, underscoring the importance of transferring good work done in laboratories directly to farmers.

As part of his ongoing effort to understand the operations of his assigned departments, Wangsu inspected the state cattle breeding center-cum-dairy farm, poultry farm, and Fish Farmers Training Centre in Nirjuli.

The minister appeared satisfied with the inspections and urged the dedicated staff to disseminate technical knowledge throughout the state.

"Such technical and scientific knowledge should not be kept under lock and key. It has to be shared with other progressive farmers of the state," he said.

Wangsu apologized to the staff for visiting during their weekend but stressed the importance of gaining first-hand knowledge about the department's challenges and progress to effectively advance its programs and policies.

During the inspection, faculty members from NERIST, including Prof Sarsing Gao, Dr Madhusudhan Mishra, Dr Yamem Tamut, and Dr Santosh Tamang, along with drone specialists, demonstrated various drone applications at the Nirjuli cattle farm.

They showcased the use of drones for campus mapping, monitoring and surveillance, health assessment, grazing management, and crop detection.

"Animal Husbandry and Dairy Farming is a significant department. We can transform the lives of everyone in Arunachal if we work strategically. We have a lot of potential, but simply declaring our potential is not enough. We must channel our energy into practical efforts," the minister said.

At the department of agricultural engineering at NERIST, the minister highlighted the importance of new technology in the farming sector, particularly the introduction of new farm tools and machinery.

He urged the NERIST faculty to assist state farmers by introducing innovative tools and implements.

Agriculture secretary Hage Tari, and director Joyshil Taba later visited the Fish Farmers’ Training Centre at Emchi in Doimukh.

The minister instructed the officers to renovate the dilapidated buildings to accommodate new training batches soon. He also discussed plans to develop new infrastructure at the farm site to facilitate farmer training in the state.