Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has assured to approve a project to combat bamboo flowering and consequent rat menace in Arunachal Pradesh.
A project proposal 'bamboo flowering and famine combat scheme in non-forest areas of the state' has been submitted for consideration of the ministry by a delegation of Arunachal Pradesh Bamboo Resource & Development Agency led by Lok Sabha MP Takam Sanjoy called on Pawar in Delhi yesterday.
Stating that the project would be a boon to the rural people of the state, Pawar assured to look into the proposal and approve it as per guidelines of the ministry, official sources said here today.
The members of the delegation included APBRDA Chairman Tanyong Tatak, Vice-Chairman Yora Tagung and Nima Sangey Sailing.
During the discussion, Tagung said that the tribal people in Arunachal Pradesh depended on subsistence farming through jhuming and shifting cultivation and to some extent, settled agriculture.
"The bamboo flowering, a regular phenomenon in the state, has severely affected the livelihood of the rural people as it increased rodent population which poses serious threat to agriculture crops," Tagung added.