NALBARI, March 31 - The Assam Agricultural University of Jorhat with the financial assistance of North East Council (NEC) is going to implement a mega project to produce surplus fish in Nalbari district.
The project will cover an area of 120 hectares involving 2000 fish farmers of the district, which has potentiality for fish production. The project is aimed at increasing fish production from present 700 quintal to 2000 quintal in per hectare water area. This was disclosed by the Vice Chancellor of the Assam Agricultural University Dr Kamal Malla Bujarbaruah in the Scientific Advisory Committee meeting held at Nalbari Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) on Wednesday.
He added that as Guwahati city is attached to Nalbari district, it has business potentiality of agricultural produce like egg, milk, fish and vegetables. Bujarbaruah called upon the farmers to use agriculture for business purposes.
He further added that the AAU has been trying to make double cropping and organic farming more convenient for farmers so that they can double their income by 2022. To encourage the farmers, the Vice Chancellor requested the government to speed up the procurement process of agricultural products beside declaring the support price. Bujarbaruah also directed the Nalbari KVK to make a model agricultural village with the facilities of mechanical and scientific agriculture.
The meeting conducted by Dr Mridul Deka, programme coordinator of Nalbari KVK, was addressed by Dr Hemendra Ch Bhattacharya, director of extension education, AAU, Jorhat and Dr Apurba Chakravarty, director of veterinary research, AAU, among others. The meeting discussed the action taken report of 2016-17 and the proposed action plan of 2017-18.