SILAPATHAR, Nov 30 – Dhemaji is one of the most flood-ravaged districts of Assam. Every year, floods inundate a huge area in the district causing untold misery to the people.
According to a report released by the District Agriculture Office of Dhemaji, around 723 villages in the district were affected and 32,353 hectares of sali paddy destroyed this year. Rice cultivation, the main livelihood of the people, has been affected by flood and erosion for years, and there was no exception this year too.
The Assam Agricultural University (AAU)-sponsored Technology Showcasing-cum-Certified Seed Production Programme is a regular feature in Dhemaji district by the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Dhemaji since the last three years and the size of the programme is getting bigger and bigger each time. The programme is undertaken twice each year during the kharif and rabi season. Sali paddy (variety-Ranjit) seed production programme started during the kharif season and is now in the field while Toria (Variety–TS-36 & TS-38) seed production programme has been undertaken during this rabi season.
Both TS-36 and TS-38 are improved and high-yielding varieties developed by the AAU. In this programme, four flood-affected and sand and silt deposited locations have been selected this time, covering 550 bighas of land and 105 tribal farmers. The selected locations are Sitalmari, Amlakhi Pait and Sissi Deurigaon of Sissibargaon block and Balijan of Machkhowa block, where floods
created havoc last year.
In connection with the seed production programme, a training-cum-ceremonial seed sowing programme was organised by the KVK, Dhemaji on November 1 last, which was inaugurated by the Deputy Commissioner of Dhemaji, Monalisa Goswami in the presence of Dr Kishore Kumar Sarma, Chief Scientist of RARS, AAU, North Lakhimpur, J Kutumb, EC of MAC and hundreds of trainees and villagers at Sitalmari village near Bagibeel ghat.
The programme coordinator of KVK, Dr Rijusmita Sarma Deka narrated the objectives of the programme in the brief inaugural meeting which was presided over by Dr KK Sharma.
In her speech, Monalisa Goswami expressed her happiness over the undertaking of such programmes by the KVK, Dhemaji and advised the farmers to take the opportunity of producing certified toria seeds so that next year’s requirement for toria seeds for the district can be met from this programme.
The ceremonial seed sowing programme was inaugurated by Monalisa Goswami in the nearby field where 200 bighas of land was prepared at a stretch for the programme. Sowing was carried out by all the guests along with the farmers. Afterwards, the training on scientific cultivation and certified production technology on toria was carried out by Bibha Ozah and Swapan Kumar Sarma, which was coordinated in various aspects by the scientists and staff of KVK and a group of youths of Sitalmari village.