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World Bank to help Assam in agri-expertise

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  15 May 2015 12:00 AM GMT

BY OUR STAFF REPORTER

GUWAHATI, May 14: State government has envisaged a new project called ‘Assam Agricultural Commercialisation and Rural Transformation’ in association with the World Bank which would bring world class expertise to Assam to upscale farmers on the road to economic prosperity. Disclosing this at a meeting with a World Bank team at his residence in Khapara this evening, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said that his government is mulling over executing the project to bring about knowledge, technology and expertise in the rural space to bolster development.

The project is meant for skill development of farmers, raise agricultural production and upgrade the market-led extension service to stimulate rural transformation. The project has different components i.e. agriculture, handloom, sericulture and textiles. The project will be initially launched in modular manner and subsequently upscaled in size and magnitude.

While discussing the project with the World Bank team, Chief Minister Gogoi advocated for cluster approach and called upon farmers to nurture entrepreneurial skills to reap optimum benefits from the project. He also asked the World Bank team to prepare a roadmap for the project, promising that his government will extend all possible support towards its implementation.

Additiol Chief Secretary, Agriculture, VK Pipersenia and Principal Secretary, Animal Husbandry and Veteriry, Hemanta rzary attended the meeting. The World Bank was represented in the meeting by its Country Sector Coorditor Animesh Srivastava and Task Team Leader Manivann Pethy.

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