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Napam farmers boost earning through rabi crops
Correspondent
 TEZPUR, Feb 3 - Despite lack of facilities to boost agriculture in the State, farmers in Napam area have been able to set an example for the last few years by cultivating mustard in hectares of land in the area.

The Napam area has already been able to acquire a reputation for the highest production of various crops, particularly the rabi crops. The rural educated youths and the diligent farmers of the greater area have been cultivating various rabi crops in hundred bighas of land.

It is worth mentioning that despite the Sonitpur District Agricultural Department’s indifferent attitude towards the condition of farmers, the hard work of the farming community of greater Napam and Holeswar area under the supervision of Sonitpur Krishi Vigyan Kendra, headquartered at Napam, has led them to bolster their earnings.

A total of 112 bighas were sowed in November by the farmers namely Trailukya Das (Holeswar), Md Ahmed Ali (Punioni), Md Hya Mia (Rup Kuria), Ismail Ali (Punioni), Biren Das and Dilip Keot (Teleria). They have been cultivating various rabi crops mostly mustard, in 112 bighas of agricultural land besides, ginger, cabbage, potato etc., belonging to the Holeswar-Punioni Samobia Samiti.

Through the cultivation of rabi crops, economic changes have been brought about for the farmer families of the area and extensive production has resulted in sufficient supply of vegetables across the region and the State as well.

The farmers said that through the cultivation of rabi crops, the economic status of the people of the area has risen to a satisfactory level in the last few years. “Under the influence of the KVK, Sonitpur, a group of six farmers went in for cultivation in the unutilised lands of the Holeswar-Punioni Samabai Samiti. A large area measuring about 134 bighas has been found to be conducive for rabi crops like mustard, cabbage, potato, garlic etc.,” one of the members of the group said.

The primary objective of their endeavour is to provide gainful employment for themselves during the lean agricultural season, while the secondary objective is the creation of economic infrastructure and community assets for sustained employment and development in their backward region, they added.

Meanwhile, Dr PC Deka, Coordinator of KVK, Sonitpur, who has been inspiring the farmers of the greater area with the help of a scientists’ team, said that the KVK has been extending every possible facility including, seeds, fertiliser and imparting time-to-time training to these farmers, following which the latter have been able to put up a good show for the last many years.

It may be noted here that for the last several years, mustard has been cultivated in the area along with other cash crops with a view to meet the financial needs of the farmer families.

However, expressing their grievances over the alleged negligence of the Sonitpur District Agricultural Department and the State Government, farmers of the area said that although hundreds of educated farmers of the greater area have been engaged in various farming works like, sugarcane cultivation, banana cultivation, mustard and other rabi crop cultivations as one of the better options for their livelihood instead of running after Government jobs, adequate measures have not been taken in this regard by the Government to encourage them.

Expressing concern over the alleged lackadaisical attitude towards the problems of the farmers, they said that apart from the initiative taken by the KVK, Sonitpur, in motivating them by various means, the Agricultural Department of the State, which has the major responsibility for targeting the farmers’ development, is not seen to be sincere in this regard.

“We have been facing a tough situation due to the high cost of production, lack of cold storage facilities, water supply, fertilisers, financial assistance etc. But the concerned department, the financial agencies like the nationalised banks do not come forward to help us,” said one of the farmers requesting anonymity.

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