Pithoragarh: Stating that the human migration from mountainous regions is a global phenomenon, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Prof Martin Price on Monday called for an all-round development of such regions to check exodus of people from their homeland.

Talking to reporters in a hotel here on Monday, Price said, “The mountainous regions are rich source of minerals and herbals. They play a key role in maintaining the eco system in the world. The mountain keeps the climate conducive, despite the fact that the regions have so far remained neglected.”

Price also highlighted that the receding water levels in the mountains is a big concern. The government will have to come up with a concrete development programme to check migration, he added.

As farmers dwelling in such regions are not skilled, Price said, the policy makers will have to take initiative to provide inputs on producing cash crops.

Price also welcomed the reverse migration of people in Jauhar valley in Himalayas.