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NECTAR: Catalyzing Change in India’s Northeast



  Jan 12, 2024

NECTAR: Catalyzing Change in India’s Northeast



Overview: NECTAR (North East Center for Technology Application and Reach) is making significant strides in transforming India’s Northeastern states through innovative initiatives and entrepreneurship.

Key Highlights:

1. Diversifying Agriculture: Introduction of saffron cultivation in Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, and Sikkim, traditionally exclusive to Kashmir. The first trials yielded promising results, expanding to 64 villages across 17 districts.

2. Empowering Entrepreneurs: NECTAR has supported over 150 entrepreneurs, notably aiding in projects like biodegradable yoga mats from water hyacinths and biopolymers from cassava.

3. Enhancing Local Products: Focus on premium, organic products from the Northeast like bamboo furniture, banana fiber textiles, and high-quality spices and honey, aiming for global market access.

4. Mission Mode Projects: Initiatives like ‘Project Honey’ aim to train local farmers in processing and packaging, increasing the value of indigenous products like rock bee honey.

5. Sustainable Solutions: Efforts to promote organic farming and participation in the carbon credit market, fostering environmentally sustainable practices.

6. Technological Integration: Use of drone technology for agricultural surveys and potential AI and ML applications for crop assessment.

7. Overcoming Challenges: Addressing logistics, small land holdings, regional conflicts, and cultural barriers to implement these initiatives.

8. Government Support: NECTAR, an autonomous society under the Department of Science & Technology, blends governmental support with local entrepreneurship and innovation.

Impact and Future Prospects:

NECTAR’s initiatives are not just about economic growth but also about preserving the environment and empowering local communities.

The organization aims to continue expanding its reach, enhancing the value of local products, and exploring new avenues for sustainable development.

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