As a part of sequel of activities for strengthening agro-based economy in the corona hit state, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today, visited Assam Agricultural University, Kahikuchi campus of Krishi Vigyan Kendra at Kamrup and asked the agricultural scientists to develop ways and means for triple cropping system in the state.
A day after his announcement of losing Rs 1000 crore revenue every day amid coronavirus pandemic in the state, Chief Minister Sonowal in an attempt to infuse fresh lease of life in the rural economy has asked the agri-scientists to empower the farming community as well as increasing fertility of the crop area to sustainably practise triple cropping system thorough out the year in the state. He said, “If this can be done it will help in ramping up production and at the same time state’s self-reliance. In a state where approximately 53 per cent of the total workforce is engaged in agriculture, the sector if practised scientifically can turn around the state’s economy which is in a slump because of COVID-19 pandemic”. He also asked the agri-scientists to take the lead to use of agriculture in the state’s endeavour to turn-around its corona affected economy.
Sonowal, also visited a plot of land wherein Dhaincha which is regarded as green manure to sustain high demand for organic farming is cultivated. It may be noted that cultivation of Dhaincha increases soil fertility by way of nitrogen fixation which sustains high yielding crops variety. Sonowal requested the KVK functionaries for increased cultivation of Dhaincha to contribute to increased production of agri-products.
Chief Minister Sonowal also visited the plots of lands where lemon, mango, black pepper, pineapple, mango farming etc is done. He, in a bid to empower the farmers hit by the COVID 19, distributed vegetable seeds and paddy seeds. Chief Minister Sonowal gave away pulverisers, power tillers etc among the farmers.
Chief Minister Sonowal later talking to the farming community in KVK said that though COVID 19 pandemic has hit the nation hard with the economy being the worst affected, the bail-out package announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ushered in a ray of hope. He said that the Rs. 20 lakh crore stimulus package can strengthen state’s economy with MSME sectors can take the lead in reviving the state’s economy.
He also urged upon the farming community to take advantage of the bail-out package. He also said that the stimulus rolled out by the Centre would ensure sweeping reforms in farm sector enabling farmers to produce, procure and market their produce to help value addition. He also said that as part of Centre’s announcement the farmers will get the freedom to sell their produce directly without any middleman to take away their benefits.
He, therefore, urged upon the farmers not to be bogged down by the present situation and empower themselves, practise triple cropping as government would always be there to help them. Sonowal also planted mango saplings in the KVK campus.