PROBE NEWS :Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal made a fervent call to the youth of the state to devote in the field of agriculture and work for building a robust economic foundation for Assam. While inaugurating the 5th Assam-International Agri-Horticultural Show 2018 organised by Department of Agriculture and Horticulture, Government of Assam in association with Assam Agricultural University, Indian Chambers of Commerce and NABARD at Chowkidingee Playground in Dibrugarh district today, Chief Minister Sonowal further reiterated state government’s deep resolve to revitalize the economic condition of the farmers and give them a life of dignity. “I urge upon the youth of the state to devote themselves for the cause of agriculture and contribute in the growth of their families and the nation. Our culture is closely linked to agriculture and our strength lies in agriculture. Government of Assam wants to project the potentialities of Assam in the global arena and this will be possible only when our youth lead the state from the front and work for increasing fertility of the soil and its produce”, Sonowal exhorted. Stating that there is a close relation between production and economic rejuvenation, the Chief Minister informed that initiatives like Chief Minister Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana has been taken up to double the farm income and build solid economic foundation for farmers and raise their dignity in society and standard of living. “Under CMSGUY, our government has taken a move to distribute one tractor per village to 26,000 villages of the state so that farmers can shift from single to triple cropping. However, our vision would come into reality only when the government initiatives are sincerely implemented”, Sonowal quipped with a caution to the officials of the Agriculture Department to work with honesty and integrity. He also called upon the agriculture officials to guide the farmers for scientific farming and promote utilization of modern science & technological interventions in the field of agriculture. The Chief Minister also lauded the resilience of the farmers of the state who tide over challenges like flood and erosion every year and contribute in the economy. “Our farmers don’t get bogged down by the challenges posed by flood & erosion every year. They show resilience and work spiritedly to ensure production in their agricultural fields and thereby boosting state’s economy. They show the best example of work culture which is the king of all cultures”, Sonowal remarked. The Chief Minister also raised his concern on the threat posed by climate change to the future of mankind and opined that protecting and promoting bio-diversity, ecology and organic farming as the answers to this global menace. He also underlined the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for transforming north-east as an organic hub of the country and appreciated the foreign delegates and farmer groups participating in the Agri-Horticultural Show displaying their commitment and resolve to tackle climate change and promote green economy. Sonowal also expressed the view that participation of several countries and states of the country in the show would give a renewed impetus to the growth of agriculture in Assam. Minister of Agriculture Atul Bora in his speech underscored the inherent potentiality of the state in the agriculture sector and said that the Agri-Horticultural show would open opportunities for the farmers of Assam to see the unseen and know the unknown in the field of agriculture. Elaborating on the initiative, the Agriculture Minister said that for the first time Government of Assam organized the show outside the state capital to broaden its ambit and showcasing the developments taking place in the farm sector to a wider audience. He also urged the farmers to take advantage of Soil Health Card to know the quality of their soil for yielding better crop. He also informed initiatives taken up by agriculture department for the benefit of farmers such as crop insurance scheme, identity card for farmers, procurement of rice and other commodities through minimum support price and organic farming initiatives etc. The Minister further said that the agriculture department would soon provide farmers with 1 lac shallow tubewell and 10,000 solar pumps as measures for improving irrigation facility. The Agriculture Minister also mentioned that as part of the exhibition 70 stalls in the international pavilion and 150 stalls in the general exhibition section have been put up wherein 34 government departments have participated. Coinciding the occasion, Chief Minister Sonowal felicitated five progressive farmers of the state who received awards at national level. Dibrugarh MP Rameswar Teli, MLAs Prashanta Phukan, Rituparna Baruah, Teros Gowala, Chakradhar Gogoi, Naren Sonowal, Sanjay Kishan, Vice Chancellor of Assam Agricultural University KM Buzarbaruah, Additional Chief Secretary of Agriculture Department KK Mittal, Commissioner & Sercretary Amlan Baruah, Ambassadors of Malaysia, Bolivia, High Commissioner of Uganda, Minister Councillor of Royal Thai Council, Deputy Commissioner Loya Madduri, representatives of ICC, officials of agriculture department and several other dignitaries were present in the programme.
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