DIBRUGARH, Aug 1 - At least fifty tractors along with accessories like tipping trailor, disc plough and rotavator were distributed today to the farmers� self-help groups of the district under the Chief Minister Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana at a function held at Choulkhowa playground here.
The mega scheme, which was launched in December last, seeks to distribute some 26000 tractors to the farmers� group in each revenue village in the state. About 464 farmers� groups from the district here are likely to get benefits from the scheme.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal while addressing the gathering said that the scheme has been designed primarily to enhance the income generating capacity of the farmers.
�It is our aim to help farmers earn double or even more by enabling them take up farming activities throughout the year. We want the farmers to go for multi-cropping to augment their agricultural production so that they are economically independent and self- reliant. Assam will not progress if the agriculture sector is neglected� said the Chief Minister.
Sonowal further said that the new educated generation must also engage themselves in the agriculture sector with scientific temperament. Agriculture is one of the best sectors for employment and livelihood. If farming is done in accordance with the application of modern science and technology, it can be a great economic boom,� he said.
Minister for Agriculture Atul Bora in his speech said that Assam is going to witness great change in the agri sector in the days to come. �Farmers in other countries command great respect in the society because they have contributed immensely in building the economy of their country through scientific farming. Assam also has the potential to capture national and international agricultural market if only we engage in the fields with scientific temperament,� said Bora.
The meeting was also addressed by Deputy Commissioner Laya Madduri, Director of Agriculture M S Manivannan and local MLA Rituparna Baruah. The meeting was also attended by the MLAs of Dibrugarh and Tinsukia district and other BJP leaders.
It needs to be mentioned here that the state government is providing 70% subsidy while 20 % will be provided by the bank and the remaining 10 per cent has to be from the beneficiary group. Six tri-cycles were also distributed to select beneficiaries during the function.