From our Correspondent
AZARA, Feb 14: At the CPCRI regiol centre ICAR ATARI’s foundation stone was laid by Union Agriculture Minister Radhamohan Singh here today. The Union minister took part at the ‘Second Green Revolution and Asom Krishi Unyan Mela, 2016’ there. The Mela that started on February 13 concluded today.
The Union minister said: “Over the last decade, the demand-supply gap of food grains in the north-eastern region has rrowed down. The region has low proportion of irrigated area and investment in building irrigation capacity has been insufficient. Assam and the rest of the North Eastern states with abundant tural resources, congenial climatic conditions, large population of educated youth make the region suitable to trigger India’s second Green Revolution. Comparative advantages of the region in producing fruits, vegetables and other horticulture products can be tapped by setting up small-scale processing units for the local market which will also boost rural employment.”
He further said: “Paddy is the most important food crop grown in Assam. Cash crops like tea, jute, cotton, oilseeds, sugarcane, potato etc., contribute considerable acreage. Among the horticultural crops produced in the state, orange, ba, pineapple, areca nut, coconut, guava, mango, jackfruit, and citrus are the important ones. The state has an estimated 39.44 lakh hectares of gross cropped area, of which net sown area is about 27.01 lakh hectares. Area under pulses and oilseeds are 1.05 and 2.26 lakh hectare respectively, rice area covered by HYV are 63% of total rice area.”
The minister said that country’s farmers can be benefitted only when the new agricultural technologies are utilized by them at the field level.