Guwahati: Assam Governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi pitched in for a foolproof convergence model covering policy makers, resource allocators, technology generators, product handlers and strategists for achieving the target of doubling farmers’ income by 2022.
Inaugurating an International Conference on "Animal Agriculture for Doubling Farmers' Income" at the College of Veterinary Science in Khanapara today, Prof. Mukhi said that a comprehensive programme is required to showcase the power of technology, policy and strategy to double the income of the farmers within the stipulated period. He also informed that for doubling farmers’ income, he himself raised the issue with the Vice Chancellor of Assam Agricultural University and after he prepares the road map and identifies the partners from all related departments including the banks and other financing agencies, the model would be adequately replicated on a Mission Mode to empower the farming community. He also elicited the contribution and involvement of all stake holders to make the farmers happier and wealthier.
Prof Mukhi also stressed on the need of using livestock and poultry sector in the state which constituted nearly 12 per cent of the total livestock population of the country in doubling farmers income and accordingly ensure that the sector becomes an inseparable component of the state's agriculture. He also reiterated on the need of using technical solutions to achieve that.
The Governor said that India’s livestock sector is one of the largest in the world with a holding of 16 per cent of the world’s livestock population. He also informed that India has 56 percent of global buffalo population and is ranked No 1 in the world in milk production. India is third in egg and fifth in world's poultry production and taken together the sectors contribute substantially to foreign exchange earnings.
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