LAKHIMPUR: A harvesting programme of summer paddy under the title "Grand Harvesting Programme" was organised on Wednesday at village Bholukaguri under Bihpuria Block by Assam Agricultural University-Zonal Research Station, North Lakhimpur. The programme was organized under the Assam Agribusiness and Rural Transformation Project (APART) in collaboration with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). The programme was inaugurated by the lighting of a lamp by Gaon Pradhan Joy Singh Doley.
Dr. Yater Das, Junior Scientist (PBG), AAU-Zonal Research Station, North Lakhimpur, welcomed the participants and briefly highlighted the performance of the APART project in the district. The programme was graced by Nandita Deori, Deputy Chairman of the Deori Autonomous Council; Rishikesh Phukon, Junior Researcher, IRRI; and scientists from Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Lakhimpur. Members, the secretary, and senior citizens also attended the programme as specially invited guests. Around 100 farmers participated in the programme. The beneficiary farmer, Mr. Madhab Kumbang, grew the Boro paddy variety Bina Dhan 11, which is a popular high-yielding submergence-tolerant short-distance variety. But the harvesting of the crop was delayed by around 20 days due to incessant rainfall. So, the harvesting was done manually as machines could not run in a waterlogged condition.