Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Radha Mohan Singh said agricultural education plays an important role in ensuring food security and human resource development in any society.

He was speaking during the inaugural function of two major project for Nagaland at Jalukie in Peren district on Saturday.

The projects are College of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry and Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK).

The Veterinary Council of India has agreed to commence the college by September 15 this academic year, Singh said adding the Central government would set up another KVK, the 11th in the state, in Kiphire district within this year.

Two books on distant education programme and on policy on pig breeding by the Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services was also released by the union Minister on the occasion.

Chief Minister T R Zeliang who was also present on the occasion, said the state government had submitted a proposal with Detail Project Report for an exotic pig breeding farm at Jalukie and a slaughter house cum meat processing unit at Khopanala in Dimapur district.

However, he regretted that though the Planning Commission had agreed in principle, the project was turned down at a later stage.

Zeliang requested the Union Minister to revive the project proposal.