ITANAGAR: The Arunachal Farmers' Union (AFU) has appealed to the State government to Select only genuine farmers as beneficiaries for the 'Cluster Nutritional Kitchen Garden' scheme.
Addressing a press conference at the Arunachal Press Club on Tuesday, AFU president Nabam Akam said that the authorities finalizing the list of beneficiaries for the scheme should only consider genuine farmers possessing adequate plots of land. Stating that the initiative should not be carried away by political favoritism, Akam said that the authorities concerned should verify the beneficiaries and also make field visits for verifications.
The AFU has also called for the establishment of cold storage facilities in all districts and facilitate the marketing of locally-produced agriculture and horticulture products. It has also appealed for providing market sheds at appropriate locations to sell the local produce. While pointing out that most of the farmers are still using traditional methods, the Union further sought awareness campaigns on the modern methods and technology for farming. The AFU president also said that if the farmers are given training and facilities to adopt modern farming then it will not only enhance the benefit of farmers but will also contribute to the state exchequer.
He added that the State government should also come up with new agricultural and horticultural policies for uplifting the marginal farmers, and its implementation should be backed by proper field verifications. The AFU has also sought support from the state government to all oil palm growers while informing that due to lack of technical know-how and water sources, many oil palm growers are facing problems.
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