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DERGAON, May 21 � The first central conference of the All Sanchi (agarwood) Growers� Association of Assam (ASGAA) was held at the Namchungi Gaon Panchayat Community Hall, Titabor in Jorhat district recently. The two-day conference adopted several resolutions, demanding basic facilities to develop agarwood cultivation in the State. These demands include implementation of a flexible and clear-cut agarwood policy for the welfare of farmers, establishment of an agarwood plantation board with district-level offices specifically for this purpose, a separate agarwood research centre, an international agarwood auction centre in Jorhat and a multipurpose agar oil extraction unit under a Government-sponsored scheme, subsidy schemes for agarwood growers, and identification and preparation of a list of villages where naturally infected agarwood is found which is purely organic in nature.

The Government should also take steps to promote, conserve and plant Aquilaria malaccensis on protected land, reserved and unreserved forest land. It should protect the theft of agarwood trees from farmers� private land and declare the naturally infected agarwood area as a heritage centre to attract tourists on the one hand and financial support and facilities from commercial banks for agarwood farmers on the other.

The open meeting held on the occasion was chaired by ASGAA president Lakheswar Bordoloi. It inaugurated by former minister of Manipur, present professor of Agartala Government Medical College and president of the Manipur branch of ASGAA, Dr Nimaichand Luwang.

Noted botanist Dr Padmeswar Gogoi and Debajit Gogoi of Golaghat were felicitated in the conference. A souvenir, Sanchi, was released by Elino Angamai, social activist and advocate of the Kohima High Court, Nagaland. Earlier, representatives from different districts were present in the meeting where 11 resolutions were taken. It was also decided to submit memoranda to the State and Central governments.

The ASGAA has established two nurseries at Golaghat and Titabor and the total saplings on these nurseries will be more than seven lakh. It has set a target to plant at least one lakh saplings. The organisation has also expressed its desire to discuss with State Government as well as the Centre matters for the welfare of farmers.

The ASGAA has, however, opposed the final draft policy prepared by Central Government for sustainable utilisation of agarwood in 2014 on the contention that it is not in favour of farmers, and that several contradictions have been found in the draft policy.

The ASGAA general secretary urged the sanchi farmers to plant large numbers of agarwood trees so that the North-eastern part of India can be developed as a natural economic zone as suggested by the Prime Minister during his recent Nagaland visit.

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Call to develop basic facilities for agarwood

DERGAON, May 21 � The first central conference of the All Sanchi (agarwood) Growers� Association of Assam (ASGAA) was held at the Namchungi Gaon Panchayat Community Hall, Titabor in Jorhat district recently. The two-day conference adopted several resolutions, demanding basic facilities to develop agarwood cultivation in the State. These demands include implementation of a flexible and clear-cut agarwood policy for the welfare of farmers, establishment of an agarwood plantation board with district-level offices specifically for this purpose, a separate agarwood research centre, an international agarwood auction centre in Jorhat and a multipurpose agar oil extraction unit under a Government-sponsored scheme, subsidy schemes for agarwood growers, and identification and preparation of a list of villages where naturally infected agarwood is found which is purely organic in nature.

The Government should also take steps to promote, conserve and plant Aquilaria malaccensis on protected land, reserved and unreserved forest land. It should protect the theft of agarwood trees from farmers� private land and declare the naturally infected agarwood area as a heritage centre to attract tourists on the one hand and financial support and facilities from commercial banks for agarwood farmers on the other.

The open meeting held on the occasion was chaired by ASGAA president Lakheswar Bordoloi. It inaugurated by former minister of Manipur, present professor of Agartala Government Medical College and president of the Manipur branch of ASGAA, Dr Nimaichand Luwang.

Noted botanist Dr Padmeswar Gogoi and Debajit Gogoi of Golaghat were felicitated in the conference. A souvenir, Sanchi, was released by Elino Angamai, social activist and advocate of the Kohima High Court, Nagaland. Earlier, representatives from different districts were present in the meeting where 11 resolutions were taken. It was also decided to submit memoranda to the State and Central governments.

The ASGAA has established two nurseries at Golaghat and Titabor and the total saplings on these nurseries will be more than seven lakh. It has set a target to plant at least one lakh saplings. The organisation has also expressed its desire to discuss with State Government as well as the Centre matters for the welfare of farmers.

The ASGAA has, however, opposed the final draft policy prepared by Central Government for sustainable utilisation of agarwood in 2014 on the contention that it is not in favour of farmers, and that several contradictions have been found in the draft policy.

The ASGAA general secretary urged the sanchi farmers to plant large numbers of agarwood trees so that the North-eastern part of India can be developed as a natural economic zone as suggested by the Prime Minister during his recent Nagaland visit.

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