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Innovative Nalbari farmers show the way during lockdown
Ramen Kalita

Nalbari DC Bharat Bhusan Dev Choudhury visiting a farm.
 NALBARI, June 15 - The Nalbari farmers have a good reputation in the agricultural sector for their innovative ideas. With a bumper production of pumpkin and fish, the farmers of the district have drawn attention at the national level. The district has also a got a good reputation at the national level in local magur seed production. Many farmers of the district have been able to shine in their innovative agricultural practices and their business during the lockdown.

 One Ashok Medhi of Bali village in the district earned double income during lockdown from his agro-based business. Medhi has a business unit of vermi compost and tub soil. In his unit, Medhi prepared soil in a scientific way to be used in tubs in town and city areas to grow flowers and vegetables. The cities have a good demand of such tub soil as most people plant flowers and have kitchen gardens on the top of buildings. As the people’s movement was restricted during the lockdown, Ashok with prior permission from the district administration, supplied tub soil in Guwahati and in various parts of the district. Demands for tub soil and vermi compost got multiplied during the lockdown as people were involved in agricultural activities in their homes to utilise free time. He reportedly got a good number of orders from Guwahati which made his unit run out of supply. “Generally, we don’t get business during the monsoons and so we were not prepared for such huge orders”, Medhi said. The Deputy Commissioner of Nalbari district, Bharat Bhusan Dev Choudhury on Saturday visited the business unit of the enterprising youth and appreciated the innovative role played in self employment.

One Biswajyoti Kakati of Danguapara village near Banekuchi of the district has set up a beautiful agricultural farm on the banks of his large pond. A low cost poly house constructed by the youth has helped him in producing vegetables in advance which have hit the market. A pharmacist, Biswajyoti Kakati left his government job due to his interest in farming. He has a piggery and a duckery unit as well. He utilises innovative ideas in this sector and has got tremendous results. He drains out the waste of the piggery farm through a pipe to his agricultural field and this waste is used as good organic manure. Biswajyoti has set up his farm completely in an organic manner. He annually earns around Rs 10 lakh from his fishery, duckery, piggery and agricultural products. He has also provided employment to 20 persons on a regular basis. The lockdown has not hampered his production, but the swine flu menace did. The Nalbari DC visited his multipurpose farm also on Saturday and assured all the required help.

Lockdown has not hurt Nayanjyoti Baishya of Sathikuchi, Hemanta Nath of Bojhar, Doli Rani Haloi of Banekuchi and Kanika Talukdar of Borjhar village of the district who are working round the clock to achieve their production targets. With the permission of the district administration, they kept on with their work regularly. Bharat Bhusan Dev Choudhury with two agricultural scientists of Nalbari KVK, Dr Mridul Deka and Dr Manasi Chakravarty visited their farms and business units to take the stock of their present situation. Talking to this correspondent, the Deputy Commissioner said that he had tried to maintain agricultural productivity in the district following COVID-19 norms during the lockdown. As a result, a good number of farmers have done a wonderful work in various sectors multiplying their incomes with the help of innovative ideas. He however assured that he will try to help the enterprising youths under the MSME loan scheme. It may be mentioned here that the Nalbari Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) has been providing technical knowhow to the youth.

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