TEZPUR: The last Grand Harvest Programme of Boro paddy using a Mini Combine Harvester for the season was organized on June 28 by Krisi Vigyan Kendra, Sonitpur, under the Assam Agribusiness and Rural Transformation Project (APART) at Kolbasti under the Naduar Development Block of the Sonitpur district. Palash Thengal, Project Associate (APART), welcomed the participants and briefly described the objectives of the programme.
The programme was graced as chief guest by MLA Padma Hazarika, from Sootea constituency. In his speech, he expressed gratitude to KVK, Sonitpur, for organzing such a programme in his constituency and encouraged the farmers to come forward to avail various agricultural schemes under the government as well as the World Bank so that they can produce sufficient agricultural foods to feed the people and can engross the market of Assam.
Dr. Khanindra Barman, senior ADO and charge SDO, Horticulture of Tezpur, explained how to approach the formation of Farmers Producer Company (FPC), the role of the CEO, and other members associated with it. He has also explained various schemes and subsidies given by the Government for machinery.
Dr. Vivek Kumar, Associate Scientist, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), explained climate change and the importance of stress-tolerant rice varieties in Assam. He has also discussed the use of machines in agriculture, their importance in time management, and how they can reduce the cost of cultivation for a farmer.
Debajyoti Nath, ADO, Nag Shankar ADO Circle, explained paddy procurement and the Minimum Support Price (MSP) fixed for paddy as well as rapeseed and mustard. Ms. Munmun Basumatary, subject matter specialist, Plant Protection, briefed on the role of KVKs and the importance of seed selection as well as seed treatment. In the programme, Dr. Ranjit Bordoloi, SMS, Fishery Science; Dr. Namita Dutta, SMS, Soil Science; Pompy Borah; Sarmistha Borgohain; Rajib Luchan Shahu; Manoj Sarma; and one hundred and sixty farmers were present.