NALBARI, Nov 25 - The Deputy Commissioner of Nalbari district, Bharat Bhusan Dev Choudhury on Saturday visited the agricultural fields in the Balitara area and interacted with the progressive farmers about the farming scenario with regard to floriculture, fishery-based farming system and commercial horticulture sectors.
Initially, the Deputy Commissioner visited the commercial floriculture plot of Pankaj Kalita at Balitara, who is credited with cultivating tuberose and marigold on commercial basis in a sizeable area.
The young farmer has reportedly been earning on an average Rs 7 to 8 lakh per annum. He cultivates flowers in a plot of land measuring 6 bighas.
The Deputy Commissioner was much pleased with the progress of Kalita and requested him to include some other components in his farm like gladiolus, anthurium, gerbera etc. by adopting modern methods.
He stressed on projecting Kalita as a role model for other rural youth to follow, as floriculture today commands good market prospect.
He also visited the fishery-based farming set up of Biju Kalita at Balitara village where integrated piggery, goatery, dairy and poultry exist. The Deputy Commissioner subsequently requested other farmers of the area to develop fishery-based farming system for optimum utilisation of available resources in order to derive maximum return per unit area and engagement of labour throughout the year.
He also visited the vegetable and mother plant blocks of different fruit plants of Medhi Nursery at Balitara. The pragmatic measures initiated by Medhi Nursery for production of quality planting material of different horticultural crops was appreciated by the Deputy Commissioner.
He hoped that quality planting material of horticultural crops will meet the demand of Nalbari district in the coming years.
The visit of the Deputy Commissioner to the farm areas was accompanied by Dr Mridul Deka, Head of the Krishi Vigyan Kendra at Nalbari.