GUWAHATI: Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, on Wednesday, urged the youths to dedicate themselves in agriculture. The Chief Minister said this in a meeting after launching several projects at Gorukhuti in Darrang. He also said that Assam must aspire to compete with states like Gujarat and Punjab in dairy and agriculture. The Assamese people have always been resilient against outside aggressors and the time has come to prove that again by taking control of the state's farming lands, he said.
He also took stock of the activities undertaken by the'Gorukhuti Multipurpose Agriculture Project' headed by the Chairman-cum-MLA Padma Hazarika. Mentionably, immediately that after assuming power as the Chief Minister, Sarma had visited Gorukhuti in June and took a boat ride to assess the encroachment over the vast areas by illegal settlers. After the visit, the state government decided to free the encroached areas and start agricultural activities in a big way there in a subsequent cabinet meeting.
The Chief Minister visited Gorukhuti for the second time with a daylong programme on Wednesday. The objective of the CM's visit was to witness and gather firsthand information of the transformation and realisation of the vision of agricultural revolution by the indigenous population here while protecting Assam's culture and values, stated a press release. .Sarma further said that all sections of the society must support the multipurpose agriculture project to make it one of the best in the country.
"We have to import egg, fish, chicken, pork from outside and to prevent this, Assam must become self-reliant for its food products to become a developed state", he added. Pointing out that of the over 5,000 bighas of land in Gorukhuti that have been turned into agriculture fields, a total of 2,731bighas have been utilised for mustard cultivation, the Chief Minister called upon the youths of the state to take up agriculture in a big way instead of running after government jobs and easy money.
The Chief Minister began his daylong visit by offering prayers at the historic Dholpur Shiva Mandir. Talking to the media persons there, he said that lots of activities have been taken up to develop the historic temple into a spiritual tourist attraction while strengthening infrastructure such as the construction of boundary walls, guest house, and concrete pavement etc.