DERGAON, Nov 24 - “Sugarcane cultivation is profitable but the young generation is not interested in this cultivation. The extraction of bio fuel from sugarcane can be one of the important by-products of the crop.” This was stated by noted scientist as well the Vice Chancellor (VC) of Assam Agricultural University (AAU), Jorhat, Dr Kamal Malla Bujarbaruah while delivering his presidential address at the inaugural session of the farmers’ fair held at Buralikson Sugarcane Research Station (BSRS) recently.
The Vice Chancellor also opined that without the support of farmers, the agriculture sector can’t be developed. He also urged the farmers to be more interested in sugarcane cultivation which is economically viable as well as eco-friendly.
The Vice Chancellor also released a book titled, Kuhiar khetir natun unnat padhati published by BSRS.
Earlier, the Vice Chancellor and noted farmer Jatin Phukan lit the ceremonial lamp. The programme was attended by the Director of PG Classes of AAU Dr Chandan Hazarika and Dean of AAU Dr S Kour.
The welcome address was given by chief scientist of BSRS Dr Bijnan Chandra Bordoloi and the inaugural session was moderated by scientist Kasturi Choudhury.
In the inaugural session, four farmers, namely, Dandadhar Bora (Kakodonga), Rajib Bori (Mahuramukh), Bhadreswar Bora (Ganakpukhuri) and Jiaur ali (Missamara Dulia Basti) were felicitated with a citation and seleng sador, safura etc., for their outstanding contribution to sugarcane production in the district.
Moreover, another six labourers of the station, namely, Narayan Dutta, Dhiren Dutta, Akalu Chaowtal, Prabhat Phukan, Rumi Chowtal and Anju Sawachi were accorded warm felicitation with a citation and clothes for their satisfactory contributions towards the development of the research station.
Earlier, the flag was hoisted by Dr BC Bododloi and the smriti tarpan was initiated by principal scientist of BSRS, Dr Dhiman Dev Singha in the morning.
Thereafter, an interaction session between farmers and scientists was held in which several farmers took part. The programme ended with lighting of earthen lamps in the campus and a cultural programme.