MoS Jitendra Singh

Guwahati: Union minister of State for Science & Technology Jitendra Singh on Tuesday said the northeast is to be developed as the country’s bio-economic hub.

“The Eastern Himalayan region is one of the mega-biodiversity rich zones and is among the 34 biodiversity hotspots of the world,” Singh said speaking after a visit to the Institute of Bio-resources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), Imphal.  

Singh said there was a need to put these invaluable genetic resources to use for the economic growth of the region in particular and the nation in general through biotechnological interventions.

The minister also added that due to consistent and renewed focus of the Modi government, “the country will be recognized as a global bio-manufacturing hub by 2025 and will figure among the top five countries of the world”. 

The Union minister said India’s bio-economy is on its way to achieve 150-billion dollar target from the current 70 billion dollar by 2025 and will contribute effectively to the Prime Minister’s vision of a 5 trillion-dollar economy by 2024-25.

The department of biotechnology has played a pivotal role to build capacity in the Northeastern states for carrying out biotechnology research, he added.

The Union minister said that IBSD should not only become a center of excellence in the region with state-of-the-art facilities but also generate technology packages toward employment generation for the welfare of the people. 

“The institute should be people centered and follow imaginative and innovative approaches to win the confidence of the people through its work. This institute should emerge as a vibrant, active and committed center for research application and commercialization of technology, products and processes and should promote enterprises based on the rich bio-resources of the region to bring happiness to the entire North Eastern region,” he said.

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