GAURISAGAR: Agriculture Minister Atul Bora on Saturday laid stress on collective farming on 145 bighas of land by Birangana Mulagabharu Krishipam Cooperative Society Limited at Demow Field, Joysagar in Sivasagar. Leading the way, the Agriculture Minister wadded through the mud of the paddy field to sow seeds to enthuse the members of the cooperative society as well as the people of the area to take agriculture activities in a big way.
Collective Farming Initiative
He was accompanied by the Minister of Revenue and Disaster Management etc. Jogen Mohan, Jorhat MP Topon Kumar Gogoi, and Sonari MLA Dharmeshwar Konwar. Addressing the meeting on the occasion, Bora termed the collective farming initiative as an important step that will encourage the villagers to focus on agriculture. He said that the Union and State governments have given special emphasis on the development of agriculture and allied sectors. He opined that the agriculture sector holds the key to strengthen the bedrock of the rural economy in the State. He mentioned measures taken by the government to send agricultural produce of the State to the foreign markets last year and informed that the process would be resumed once the COVID situation is eased.
He informed that the departmental officials had been issued instructions to chalk out plans to strengthen cooperative societies in tune with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's target of doubling farmers' income by 2022. He said that to achieve this goal, the agronomy sector, agriculture department and administration must put up a united effort. He also mentioned the schemes and initiatives taken by the Government of Assam for the development of the agriculture sector and farmers and asked the people to come forward to reap benefit from these. He emphasized the importance of building a strong work culture to make Assam one of the five developed States of the country as envisaged by Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma.
Addressing the meeting, Deputy Commissioner of Sivasagar district, Bishnu Kamal Borah said that Birangana Mulagabharu Krishipam Cooperative Society Limited had attained self-reliance by taking to collective farming. He urged the people to tread on the path paved by the cooperative society to make the rural economy a robust one. He advocated for upscaling the cooperative management to a mass movement. Nazira Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil), Sabyasachi Kashyap, District Agriculture Officer Nihar Ranjan Baruah, former MLA of Thowra constituency, Kushal Duwari, social worker Surabhi Rajkowari were present at the meeting. Later in the afternoon, Minister Atul Bora held a review meeting with district-level officials of departments such as Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary, Border Protection and Development, Cooperation etc. at the Circuit House, Sivasagar.