NAGAON, April 9 - State Agriculture, Veterinary and Husbandry Minister Atul Bora today visited Nagaon and reviewed various problems of the farmers of the district as well as inspected damages in the crop fields caused due to the ongoing nationwide lockdown in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.
During the visit, the minister held an urgent meeting with officials of the district administration, district Agriculture, Veterinary and district Milk Development Departments at the conference hall of Nagaon Circuit House.
In the meeting, the minister took feedback on availability of eggs, milk and vegetables from the officials concerned and instructed them to make arrangements so that people of the district could get these items at their doorsteps. Similarly, he instructed the officials concerned to make arrangements for supplying sufficient agricultural seeds to farmers. He also ordered officials concerned to collect agricultural produce from crop fields and supply them to people directly.
He, however, warned the officials concerned to be alert so that by creating artificial scarcity no unscrupulous businessmen could hike prices of vegetables and fruits or other agri-based produce in the district. Local MLA Rupak Sarma, Deputy Commissioner, Jadav Saikia were also present in the meeting.
The minister in an interaction with some local mediapersons said that some relaxations have been considered by the Central government, specially for the farmers and as per those relaxations, farmers could work in the crop fields during the lockdown period. He added that government had already formed a specific committee at the State-level and another in the district-level and these two committees would do the needful to supply sufficient seeds and others directly to farmers of the State soon.
Meanwhile, following the appeal of the State Health and Finance Minister, Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, some employees of the State government as well as other individuals and organizations today distributed packets of rice, dal, and other essential items among thousands of poor people and daily wages earners at various locations in the district. Around 13 Forest department personnel of Nagaon�s Salna Forest range office including Ranger Nepal Mandal today distributed packets of essential items among 50 poor families in nearby villages of the range office and will distribute packets to 50 poor families tomorrow, a release added.