TEZPUR, June 12 - Bolstering the State government�s initiatives to strengthen the rural economy, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Thursday inaugurated two projects of the Irrigation Department implemented at Sootea by MLA Padma Hazarika-led Kanyaka Multipurpose Farm.
The Chief Minister also distributed fish fingerlings among fishery owners and inaugurated a newly-constructed gaushala.
Sonowal also visited farm lands at Chokighat in Sonitpur, where nearly 700 bighas of land were freed from illegal encroachers by the government. He ceremonially ploughed the land driving a tractor. The State government has provided 125 tractors under CMSGUY to enterprising youth farmers to carry out agricultural activities under Kanyaka farm at Chokighat.
It is to be mentioned that the solar-powered Bhoroli Chapori deep tubewell irrigation project implemented at Kanyaka with an expenditure of Rs 60 lakh by Tezpur Division of the Irrigation Department will cover 25 hectares of land. On the other hand, electronically powered deep tubewell irrigation project at the farm would cover 4 hectares of farmlands.
Taking stock of various agricultural activities at the farm, the Chief Minister interacted with farmers and journalists. Talking to the newsmen, he said that Kanyaka multipurpose agricultural farm has shown a bright example of agricultural success with local youths while generating lots of employment avenues. He appreciated the leadership of MLA Padma Hazarika in scripting such a success story by engaging four thousand youths and other SHGs which would keep inspiring the young generation of the state to take up farming.�
Sonowal also visited Garhmara village in Chariduar, Sonitpur earlier in the morning and inspected the livestock farm run by Self Help Group �Sewa� there. He interacted with the enterprising farmer leading the farm Sohan Pradhan, who is also the president of local gaon panchayat and others engaged in the farm. He also visited the gaushala in the Borpukhuri agricultural farm of the district.� � � � � �
Moreover, he also inaugurated the newly constructed Naduar Development Block and Anchalik Panchayat office building at Jamugurihat while laying the foundation stone of Barechahariya Bhaona Complex Project at Jamugurihat being built by PWD with funds from Cultural Affairs Department, Government of Assam.