Silchar, Dec 23: Election time is also the time of promises, doles and tofas. Keeping in tune with the poll mode, the district agriculture office of Cachar as a part of its incentives to the farmers came forward to present 50 of them with mini kit tools and also tips on organic farming. The tools consisted of battery operated hand sprayers, big size scissors, spades, water canes and khurpis. The distribution ceremony took place in the premises of the Lakhipur subdivision agriculture office at Chiripool on Tuesday.
The mini kits were provided under state plan of integrated horticulture development. Jakir Hussain Choudhury, district agriculture officer, and Rajdeep Goala, MLA Lakhipur, handed over the tools. At the outset, Madhurya Singha, sub divisiol agriculture officer, Lakhipur, explained the objective of the plan which was aimed at encouraging the farmers with the necessary agricultural inputs. It would help them to increase production from land and thereby add to their economic development. Moreover, the tools would be utilized for fruit-based farming and for that the stress was laid on the cultivation of pineapple, ba, guava, mango, litchi and grape.
The farmers selected on the occasion were from the four blocks of Binkandie, Banskandi, Lakhipur and Rajabazar. They were advised to use the tools regularly for increased production. Jakir Hussain Choudhury said a three day exhibition of agriculture and horticulture products on a larger scale with participants from the country and abroad would showcase the best of produces. The exhibition would start from January 6 and conclude on January 8 in Guwahati. Apart from the horticulture products of Barak Valley, big size pineapples weighing 5 kg each produced in the famous farming area of Fulertal would be exhibited in the Guwahati Exhibition.
The farmers of Fulertal have been advised to ensure that the expectations from them would not be belied. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi would be present at the iugural function of the exhibition and make a round of it. Rajdeep Goala, MLA, said both the Chief Minister and Agriculture Minister Rakibul Hussain were seriously concerned with the welfare of peasantry class and a lot of development schemes and projects have been taken up. Others who inspired the assembled peasants with their words of advice and encouragement included senior agriculture development officer, M Tombi Singh, assistant development officer, Ashok Seal, general secretary of Lakhipur block, Manoj Kairi, and chairman of SC board, Hareswar Dhubi.
After the distribution ceremony, Jakir Hussain Choudhury and his officials and staff visited Singerbond under Binkandie block and distributed 40 quintals of potato seeds among five farmers. Their next destition was Gosaigar where paddy saplings were given to 130 farmers and pea seeds to 2 at Shibpur. In all 250 farmers in the district of Cachar have been benefitted under this state plan. All of them expressed their appreciation of the district and sub divisiol agricultural offices for taking care of them and coming to their help.