MANGALDAI: Putting an end to the long gap of 15 years to shift the office of Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Darrang from its rented accommodation to the plot of land allotted in its name, KVK, Darrang has finally got its permanent address.
Newly-joined Deputy Commissioner Pranab Kumar Sarma on Thursday ceremonially began the functioning of the KVK in its new permanent campus with an area of 70 bighas of land along with an Assam-type office at village Gelaidingi on the outskirts of Mangaldai town. To mark the programme, a ceremonial function was organized attended by several senior officials of the Assam Agricultural University (AAU), Jorhat, including its Director of Extension Education (DEE), Dr. PK Pathak, Associate Director of Extension Education (Veterinary), Dr. A Borgohain, Joint Registrar (ACAD) Dr. Birendra Kumar Sarma, Head of Horticulture Research Station (HRS), Kahikuchi Dr. P C Deka and Head of KVK, Kamrup, Dr. D K Kalita.
In his inaugural speech, Deputy Commissioner Sarma appealed to the AAU officials to properly protect the area from further encroachment. He hoped that with the intervention of new farm technology developed in the centre, the growing demand for agricultural production along with the growing population could well be fulfilled in an agriculture-dependent district like Darrang. Addressing the function, DEE, AAU Dr. Pathak said that the functioning of the KVK in its new permanent setup will help the local farmers to avail the benefits of farm technology in a much better way. He also said that their efforts for sanctioning the fund to construct the permanent infrastructure of the centre were on and a fresh proposal amounting to more than Rs 2.5 crore had already been submitted to the ICAR for its early approval. Earlier, Dr. Abdul Hafiz, Head of KVK, Darrang in his welcome speech promised to develop the KVK into a model KVK in the State.
The plot of land was allotted way back in 2006, however, due to encroachment of a part of it and opposition by a section of local people, the KVK authority could take possession of the land only few months back with the removal of encroachment. Till date, the KVK was functioning from a temporary rented office campus.
Additional Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) Pankaj Deka, Deputy Superintendent of Police (HQ) Pranjal Bora, ideal and young progressive farmer Habib Rahman, social activist Bhabesh Kakati and a good number of senior citizens and media persons also took part in the function.
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