By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, March 5: Thousands of people, including farmers and agricultural scientists, thronged the 'Meraki-The Organic Souk', organized by the Vijaya Nursery held today at its nursery premises located at NH-37, Khetri, Kamrup (Metro).
The main objective of the event is to highlight benefits of local heritage of farming and to explore the future possibilities of organic farming.
In this context, several programmes/items including Interaction with farmers; display of organic vegetables, fruits & spices; exhibitions of red, black, brown & other indigenous varieties of rice; display of mushroom; honey tasting; display of local dairy products; short informative session on organic farming & mushroom; women bikers' rally & fun activities; food stalls; live music performances & jamming and indigenous sports.
Agriculture Commissioner and Secretary to the Government of Assam Amlan Baruah took part in the event as a chief guest where Rajib Prakash Baruah, Additiol Secretary to the Government of Assam and State Project Director, Assam State Disaster Magement Authority; Bhaskar Baruah, former Agricultural Production Commissioner of Assam and Prabin Kumar Hazarika, Director, Horticulture and Food Processing, Assam participated as guests of honour. Popular singer Dr. Sangita Kakoty performed several songs in the event. It may be mentioned that Vijaya Nursery has been recognized as Best Nursery in the 4th Assam Intertiol Agri-Horticultural Show 2017, which is owned by Anubha Singh and Priyanka Singh. The journey of Vijaya Nursery began in 2006 from the residence of Anubha Singh at Kharghuli, Guwahati. In 2014 , the nursery shifted to Khetri, Kamrup to have more space for expansion and cultivation in a larger scale. A few of the plants that she is propagating in a bigger scale are the different and newer varieties of Poinsettia, Aralias, Crotons and Bougainvillea. Apart from various indoor plants, she is now concentrating on propagating different types of cacti and succulents. Her daughter Priyanka Singh's decision to come back to Assam after competition of her studies abroad and her involvement in the Nursery now has given it a fresh momentum. It has greatly encouraged the workers in the Nursery as well as many youths of the neighbouring areas of Khetri.