GUWAHATI, Oct 25 – With onion rates still beyond the reach of the common people, the State Government has decided to bring in additional 2,000 hectares of land under scientific onion cultivation in the State under the Chief Minister’s Onion Mission that has started in Assam covering 21 districts. The mission, which aims at filling the huge gap between demand and local production, is implemented by the Directorate of Horticulture and Food Processing, Assam, with technical support from the Assam Agricultural University.
An improved variety of onion seeds known as ‘Agrifound Light Red’ has already been procured from the National Horticultural Research and Development Foundation and distributed among the selected farmer groups in the State. Each farmer group will cultivate onion in minimum five hectares of land, said the official sources.
The mission is covering Barpeta, Goalpara, Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Dhubri, Nalbari, Kamrup (including Kamrup Metropolitan district), Darrang, Sonitpur, Nagaon, Morigaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Tinsukia, Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Cachar, Karimganj, Baksa, Karbi Anglong and Sivasagar districts.
Necessary steps would also be taken to establish onion storage houses to store the crop in due course and minimise the chances of its damage. On the other hand, the farmers concerned are also being educated regarding scientific onion cultivation.