The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the setting up of Indian Agricultural Research Institute (lARI) in Assam. The proposal of Department of Agriculture Research and Education (DARE) and Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) under the scheme, the establishment of the IARI-Assam seeks to set up the Institute on 587 acre of land provided by the Government of Assam.
IARI-Assam would be a Post-Graduate Institution of higher learning in Agricultural Education. It will have the hallmark identity of an IARI including all sectors of agriculture like field crops, horticultural crops, agro-forestry, animal husbandry, fisheries, poultry, piggery, silk rearing, honey production among other areas of agricultural research.
It will be an off-campus of IARI, New Delhi and integrated multi-disciplinary research would be undertaken in school mode such as Schools of Crop Sciences, Natural Resource Management and Animal Sciences & Fisheries.
IARI-Assam would work on the agrarian challenges and complexities of North Eastern India in tandem with all existing Central and State Government R&D Institutions and Private sector enterprises. It would undertake research, education, extension programmes in its mission towards developing quality human resource, generation of farmer-friendly technologies to enhance productivity, quality and profitability, promote agro-based industries and generate employment opportunities for holistic and sustainable development of the agriculture sector in the North Eastern region.