Dibrugarh: In an effort to boost employment and per capita income, a village which is at a distance of 70kms from Dibrugarh, is being developed into a model 'lemon village'.
The village in question is Cheleng Chuk which is already known for producing Assam's two famous varieties of lemon, 'gol nemu and 'kaji nemu', in abundance.
Recently, a large quantity of 'kaji nemu' was exported to foreign countries like Dubai and London where it has received much love and appreciation.
The development of Cheleng Chuk village as a 'lemon village', which has a population of around 570 people, is a part of an ambitious programme that is being undertaken by the Dibrugarh district administration and the Agriculture department.
A project under which 125 families will be benefited and be made self-sufficient by the cultivation and sale of lemons was inaugurated by the Deputy Commissioner of Dibrugarh, Pallav Gopal Jha, last week.
According to the Dibrugarh Deputy Commissioner, about 2,000 lemon saplings will be planted in the village in the first place while aiming for 10,000 lemon saplings to be planted eventually.
Jha also emphasized the fact that the climatic condition of the village is suitable for the plantation of lemon.
He said, "We want to develop the village as a model lemon village. Our aim is to produce lemons on a mass scale. It will boost self-employment and generate revenue apart from rejuvenating the local economy."