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Kisan Mela 2020 ends at Hailakandi

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HAILAKANDI, Jan 8 - The two-day-long Kisan Mela 2020 ended in Hailakandi on Tuesday. The Deputy Commissioner of Hailakandi, Keerthi Jalli inaugurated the Mela at Zila Krisi Bhawan premises here on Monday. The mela was organised by the State Agriculture department.

 

Speaking in the open session, Deputy Commissioner Jalli stressed on the need for the farming community to become aware of their rights and strengthen themselves so as not to get exploited by the market forces or middlemen.

 

The DC observed that the State Government is proactive in supporting the farm sector and the Chief Minister has a vision to double farmers’ income by 2021. Jalli highlighted the importance of adoption of new technologies and techniques in increasing the production and productivity of agriculture and its allied sectors and urged the agricultural universities to play a proactive role in transferring knowledge to the farmer’s field.

 

Jalli asked the farmers to switch from mono cropping to multiple cropping and to utilise the barren and fallow land during winter to raise their income. “Not only hard work but smart work is the need of the hour to increase productivity and to double one’s income,” she said.

 

The DC appealed to the farmers to come forward to avail the different government schemes offered by way of subsidies. She said low lift pumps, threshers and other agriculture implements are being provided to the farmers of the district to encourage them to go in for farm mechanisation.

 

She asked the farmers to sell their paddy to the Food Corporation of India to get proper price for their produce without involving the middlemen. Jalli asked the farmers to keep their Kisan Credit Cards active so that the benefits of government schemes could be transferred directly to their bank accounts.

 

The DC disclosed that the administration in association with departments concerned is going to launch an initiative to procure milk from the farmers at remunerative prices. “Under this new initiative, milk will be procured from the farmers at the remunerative price. The only thing the farmers have to ensure is that the milk has to be undiluted and pure. Otherwise it will be rejected,” she added.

 

The inaugural function, was attended among others, by District Agriculture Officer, Sudipto Dev Ray, Subdivisional Agriculture Officer, Dr AR Ahmed and senior officials of allied departments. Earlier, Jalli inaugurated the exhibition and inspected various stalls put up by the Agriculture and allied departments for educating farmers about government schemes and farm-related techniques and technologies.

 

In the afternoon, a seminar was held on the topic, ‘Doubling farmers’ income – technological interventions’ chaired by Chief Scientist, RARS, Karimganj, Dr Safiqul Hussain in which speakers RA Laskar, District Veterinary Officer, AD Deepak Misra, SMS, Horticulture, KVK and Manna Ranjan Das, LDM dwelt at length on the methodologies to double income.

 

Source: The Assam Tribune, Guwahati, Thursday, January 9, 2020