News Archive 2012 -2013

Agri Business Camp organised in ICAR RC for NEH Region Umiam, Meghalaya, 21st December, 2013 in collaboration with Business Planning & Development Unit, NIRJAFT, Kolkata.

Highlighting the crucial role of Entrepreneurship as a catalyst for Agricultural and Economic Development, the Agribusiness Camp concluded successfully on 21st December 2013.

Jointly organized by Zonal Technology Management- Business Planning and Development Unit (ZTM-BPD) of NIRJAFT, Kolkata and ICAR Research Complex for North Eastern Hill Region, the single day event aimed to create Agribusiness awareness, build competencies on Agribusiness incubation among Entrepreneurs, and establish partnership among Agribusiness sectors in North Eastern India.Read more...

ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Arunachal Pradesh Centre win the 4th e-North East Award – 2013

ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Arunachal Pradesh Centre has won the 4th e-North East Award 2013 held at Golden Jubilee Banquet Hall, Niti Vihar, Itanagar on 13th December 2013 which was organized by Department of Information Technology (Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh) & North East Development Foundation under ten categories. Dr. Rupankar Bhagawati, Joint Director of the centre made presentation of the project and become winner to receive the award under the category ‘e-livelihood & enterprises’ for“Integrated Agro-met Advisory Services”.

The service aims at timely preparing and delivering of weather forecast based Agromet advisories to farmers of seventeen districts of Arunachal Pradesh and other stakeholders including officials of line departments and KVKs since 2008 and has covered more than 5000 farmers across the state. The major activities are data recording, data analysis, making of Agromet advisory bulletin of crops and livestock related information beneficial to the farmers and subsequent sending through short message service (SMS) through Micromax datacard and


Training on Natural Resource Management using Geospatial Tools
(14 – 21st NOVEMBER, 2013)
Sponsored by
Department of Agriculture & Cooperation
Ministry of Agriculture
Government of India

About the training

Mangalaus - A new genus of mite discovered
The taxonomists of the ICAR Network Project on Insect Biosystematics, at the Division of Entomology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute have discovered a new mite christened as Mangalaus with a new species yet to be named. This eriophyid is one of the smallest of the arthropods of the size of 200 microns. This causes galls on the leaf called erineum on the plant “fragrant manjarack” or “Indian cherry” (Cordiadichotoma) (Fig. 1, 2). This mite has been collected from the farm of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi.

Mangalaus is strikingly distinct from mites hitherto known. The high profile LT-SEM studies reveal these unique characters in the micro morphological aspects (Figs.3-6). The world renowned acarologistProf. James Amrine, West Virginia University, USA states “this mite has a eye-like ocelli and represents a new genus. He adds “the tibiae of legs I and II lack a seta, but all femora have a normal seta and tarsal setae, and it is sister to Notaceria”.Dr. Ronald Ochoa of USDA comments “the round area, yes almost it does look like an eye...But as you know, there is no report of such structure in this mite family.”

Plant hope for lung cancer patients -Silk route to effective treatment (Source: The Telegraph Guwahati Friday 6th September 2013)

Jorhat, Sept. 5: The North East Institute of Science and Technology (NEIST) here has found a plant extract which promises to offer a novel treatment for lung cancer.

The institute is planning to start clinical trials on lung cancer patients once it gets the go-ahead by the Medical Ethics Committee constituted by the Assam government. The committee will have a hearing by the end of this more...


ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam, Meghalaya conferred with the outstanding institute award for 2012 at the 85th ICAR foundation day celebrations.

The prestigious Sardar Patel Outstanding ICAR Institution Award 2012 has been conferred to ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam, Meghalaya by the honorable  President  of  India  Shri.  Pranab  Mukherjee  on  the  occasion  of  85th Foundation day (16th July, 2013) of ICAR, in the presence of Shri. Sharad Pawar, Union Minister of Agriculture & Food Processing Industries, Shri. Tariq Anwar, Minister of State for Agriculture & Food Processing Industries, Dr. Charan Das Mahant, Minister of State for Agriculture & Food Processing Industries and Dr. S. Ayyappan DG, ICAR & Secretary DARE, Government of India. The award consists of Rs 10 lakh cash and a citation.


The ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region located in the remote part of the country has made commendable contribution to the agricultural research, extension and educational development of the region. During the last five years, the institute focused on strategic programmes on Farming Systems Research and developed location specific farming system models for rural empowerment and livelihood improvement. The major thrust of institute was on conservation agriculture for various land uses, acid soil management and agro- forestry systems for sustainable hill agriculture. During last five years the institute could release fourteen varieties of crops suitable for the varying agroclimatic situations of the region. The dreaded  Procine  Reproductive  and  Respiratory Syndrome  Virus  (PRRSV) which   caused havoc in many countries were reported for the first time in India by the scientists of the institute. With availability of nearly one hundred scientists spread over the headquarters and in   six   regional   stations   across   eighteen   odd   disciplines,   the institute     generated     42  technologies,  5  patents  and  many  services  for  the  region. Extending access to knowledge, quality seed and excellent plant and animal health care to as many as 96,000 farmers has been another significant contribution to the region.

The Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Award for Outstanding Research in Tribal Farming System 2012 was also conferred to a team of Scientists (Drs. A. S. Panwar, S.V. Ngachan and Anup Das) of the Institute on the same occasion.