SILCHAR, Aug 18 - State Minister of Forests, Fisheries and Excise Parimal Suklabaidya has said that the State government led by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal is laying stress on developing the infrastructure using updated and hi-tech scientific ways for modernisation of the methods of agriculture and farming.
Addressing a gathering of farmers from different parts of Cachar district at the District Library auditorium for the ceremonial distribution of tractors under the Chief Minister's Samagra Gram Unnyan Yojna (CMSUY) recently, Suklabaidya said, �Be it latest technology based tractors, or introduction of the soil health cards, water health cards, the government is tapping the scientific ways to give agricultural sector a major facelift. It is a regret that even after seven decades of Independence, much of the crops have to be imported from other States. The tractors which would be given to the farmer groups of the district shall help enhance production of homegrown vegetables and crops.�
It may be mentioned here that as a part of the CMSUY scheme, out of the 26000 revenue villages in the State, 868 villages are in Cachar district and around 249 farmer self help groups will be given tractors in the first phase. Thirteen such groups were given away keys by the minister and other dignitaries during the ceremonial distribution function presided over by Cachar Deputy Commissioner Dr S Laxmanan.
While former Union Minister Kabindra Purakayastha lauded the steps taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in maximising earning opportunities of farmers in the country, Sonai MLA Aminul Haque Laskar has urged upon the district administration to make arrangements for constituency-wise distribution of tractors. He added to say that the district administration and district transport authority must ensure that the tractors distributed to farmers at 70 per cent government subsidy should be registered according to constituency so that tractors meant for cultivation are not found carrying electric poles or leaves to the tea gardens. Silchar MLA Dilip Kumar Paul along with BJP legislators of Borkhola, Udharbondh and Katigorah attended the occasion along with Noor Enam Mazumder, district president of Asom Gana Parishad and BJP district president Kaushik Rai, District Agriculture Officer Jakir Hussain Choudhury, bank officials and other distinguished personalities.