Staff Reporter GUWAHATI, Feb 10 – Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today advocated extensive use of science and modern technology for promoting organic farming in the state which will extend from pothar (field) to pak ghar (kitchen).
Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi lighting the lamp during the inaugural ceremony of the 2nd Assam International Agri- Horticulture Show- 2015 at Khanapara in Guwahati on Tuesday. - AT Photo
Inaugurating the second Assam-International Agri-Horticultural Show-2015 at the Veterinary College playground at Khanapara here today, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said science should be used judiciously for the state to carve out a niche in the field of organic farming in the country.
He also advocated for smart agriculture which will be a right mix of soil management, seed management, ground water management and technology management to enhance agricultural production.
Stating that the foundation of Assam relies on agriculture and farmers, the Chief Minister stressed on taking more schemes for the socio-economic development of the farmers.
He also informed that the Government would launch a scheme after the name of Momai Tamuli Barbarua acknowledging his service in the field of agriculture.
Stating that agriculture and culture are inter-linked, the Chief Minister said that this Assam-International Agri-Horticultural show will prove to be a platform where agricultural and cultural practices of several participating foreign countries will converge with that of Assam.
He also said that organising this mega event in Assam and participation of many foreign countries along with multinational companies is a testimony to improved law-and-order situation in Assam.
Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, while speaking on the occasion, stressed on Centre-State cooperation for the promotion of agriculture and its production. He also reiterated Centre’s commitment to welfare of the farmers and informed that the Centre would provide health cards to all the land-holding farmers.
Laying importance on research for increased agricultural production, the Union Agriculture Minister said that there is greater need for agricultural universities to promote research works in the country to bolster a Green Revolution.
Assam Agriculture, Horticulture and Food Processing Minister Rakibul Hussain while sharing his experience said that the Agri-Horticultural show would lead to innovation, exchange of ideas among the participating countries which will lead to tapping the potential of agricultural sector in the State.
He also said that for the benefit of the farmers, agriculture information centres would be set up in all the Block Development Offices in 219 blocks of Assam.
The Minister also said the ongoing show would facilitate business to business, business to farmers and business to Government activities for the promotion of agriculture in the state.
Assam Chief Secretary Jitesh Khosla, Additional Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia, Commissioner Secretary, Agriculture Hemanta Narzary, Secretary of Indian Chambers of Commerce Rajiv Singh along with a host other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
The five-day show will witness participation of 12 countries, 25 multinational companies and 425 stalls.