30th April 2017, Guwahati
Shri S.S. Ahluwalia, Minister of state for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare inaugurated an interactive workshop on doubling farmers' income by 2022 in Assam today. The workshop was organized by ICAR-ATARI, Umiam, Meghalaya in collaboration with Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kamrup, AAU, Kahikuchi campus.
Shri Ahluwalia highlighted the importance of the flagship programmes like Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Gram Sinchai Yojana, Soil Health Cards scheme and Organic farming etc and their role in doubling the farmers income. He also urged upon the KVKs to work hard for organizing skill oriented training programmes and demonstrations in farmers’ field with appropriate convergence. While interacting with the farmers, he assured the farmers for all support from the Government side to solve different issues of the farmers.
Smt. Bijaya Chakravarty, Member of Parliament, Guwahati stressed on organic farming, proper soil health management and utilization of cultivable waste land.
Dr. J. S. Sandhu, DDG (Crop Sc.), ICAR, New Delhi opined that real convergence among all line departments will certainly lead to the 2nd Green Revolution in Assam. He emphasized the importance of Apiary and farm mechanization for doubling farmers’ income in the state.
Shri Bhabesh Kalita, MLA, Rangiya, emphasized on IFS model, multiple cropping for doubling farmers income in the state.
Shri Ramendra Narayan Kalita, MLA, West Guwahati, urged for a holistic approach including irrigation, transport, marketing and technological intervention so that farmer’s need are well addressed.
Shri K. K. Mittal, Addl. Chief Secretary & APC, Govt. of Assam highlighted the activities undertaken by Govt. of Assam for the benefits of farmers and appreciated the efforts of all the KVK s in assisting the State Govt. for implementing various programme.
Dr. Bidyut C. Deka, Director, ICAR-ATARI, while delivering his welcome address highlighted the various activities of KVKs including the initiative taken by the KVKs for doubling farmers’ income by 2022 through a pilot project in 25 adopted villages in 25 districts of the state in convergence mode.
200 progressive farmers across the state along with all the Heads of KVKs and other dignitaries from various line Departments took part in the workshop to device an action plan for doubling farmers income in Assam.
(Source: ICAR-ATARI, Umiam, Meghalaya)