The North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Tura Campus and One Life Agricole Pvt Ltd have decided to tie up on a project titled ‘Transfer of Innovative Agricultural Technologies in Garo Hills of Meghalaya’.
The decision comes after a discussion between several officials from both parties which included Prof. Sujata Gurudev, Campus In-charge, NEHU, Tura campus, Meghalaya; Dr. Arindam Barman, Assistant Professor & Project Coordinator, Biotech KISAN Hub, NEHU, Tura Campus; Christiaan Bosman, Co-founder and Director of One Life group and Kumar Rajesh, Co-founder and Director of One Life group.
Dr. Arindam Barman, Assistant Professor & Project Coordinator, Biotech KISAN Hub, NEHU, Tura Campus will act as a Project Coordinator and Principal Investigator of implementing projects.
One Life Agricole Pvt Ltd has made it known that they are developing 15,000 hectares of agricultural land in the Garo Hills.
“The agricultural development will be spearheaded by Israeli, US and South African experts. One Life will take care of all financial aspects for the collaboration and implementation of the project (non-recurring and recurring expenditures). The collaboration allows One Life to provide training opportunities and paid internship programs to young scientists etc in agricultural development,” a press release issued by NEHU stated.
According to the release, NEHU would offer expertise in the areas of scientific and laboratory research and development, feasibility studies etc. The projects will also include intercropping of medicinal plants, herbs and cash crops like coffee etc in Teak plantation.
It was also informed that all of the activities of the project would be conducted using traditional Korean natural farming techniques as the basic principle for soil preservation and regeneration on an ongoing basis and train a new generation of regenerative farming techniques that are not dependent on pesticides and fertilisers, yet yield-oriented and thus a form of earth-friendly industrial-scale farming.