JORHAT, April 2 - Jorhat-based Assam Agricultural University (AAU) observed its 49th foundation day with melodious musical programmes, pragmatic lecture on flagship programmes in agricultural sector and an award giving ceremony to teachers, researchers and extension workers on Saturday.
Participating as the chief guest of the foundation day function, State Agriculture Minister Atul Bora said that the teachers, researchers and extension workers of AAU have been contributing immensely to the growth of agriculture, veterinary science, fishery science and dairy through its extensive research and extension services to the farming community.
As the application of modern-day agricultural equipment and technology are yet to be done properly in several fertile areas of the State, the Minister stressed the need of collaborative efforts of the State Agriculture Department and the AAU to bring the technology and other research-based findings to the farmland in an intensified manner.
�If AAU and our department works jointly for better agricultural production the farmers will be immensely benefited from agricultural research and extension works,�said Bora.
Delivering a pragmatic lecture on the flagship programmes in agricultural sector, the Vice-Chancellor of AAU, Dr Kamal Malla Bujarbaruah stressed on large-scale organic cultivation in the State as the Central and the State Government had already announced many schemes to inspire the organic farmers in the resourceful State.
Dr Bujarbaruah said that the State is enriched with all kinds of natural resources for organic farming in all its agro-climatic zones in both the fertile valleys of Brahmaputra and Barak. He said that AAU is ready to provide all kinds of advisory and technological guidance to the State Agricultural Department for better production in organic pattern of agriculture in future.
It is to be mentioned that eminent scientist Dr Sanjay Kumar Chetia of the Titabor-based Regional Research Station was honoured by AAU authority for his best research works in paddy while Dr Chandana Chowdhury Barua was offered the award for best veterinary researcher.
Dr Hiranya Kumar Bhattacharya of Krishi Vigyan Kendra of Dibrugarh was honoured by the university for his best extension works. Best graduate in tea husbandry Gargi Barua was awarded with late Dharmananda Das cash prize.
Dr NN Barman of the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Dr Nibedita Deka of the Faculty of Agriculture and Dr Mamoni Das of the Faculty of Home Science were awarded with the best teacher�s awards in Saturday�s function while Dr Bibha Chetia Bora of the Faculty of Fishery Sciences and Dr Pranati Das of the Faculty of Home Science were honoured with best researcher�s awards.