CHOWDANG PATHER (Dergaon), July 22 - As many as 100 local farmers have been engaged in the ongoing Seed Village project initiated by Allied Crop Care Pvt. Ltd of Assam at Merapani Chowdang Pathar Gaon in Golaghat district of Upper Assam.
The company, which is engaged in developing modern seeds in Assam in collaboration with the North East Space Application Centre, Borapani, Shillong, will use drone sensor in this seed village to monitor the seed cultivation which is said to be first- of- its-kind in the agricultural sector of the state.
Dipak Kumar Neog and Sankarachayya Rabha who are the directors of the company, have been encouraging seeds production since 2011 in bid to provide quality and better seeds to the farmers.
At present about 2,000 bighas have been chosen for cultivation with quality seeds.
According to the project, the latest hybrid seed of paddy �Ranjit Sub-1� collected by the company from the Assam Agricultural University (AAU), Jorhat, will be supplied to the farmers. On being contacted, Dipak Kumar Neog told that after harvesting, the crops would be procured by the company itself from the farmers at higher prices. �We started the company with a vision to encourage the local entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector. As agriculture is the backbone of our State economy, however, due to lack of modern techniques, our farmers are yet to get better yields,� Neog revealed. �The International Space Research Organisation through its Shillong Centre signed an MoU with us for five years under which, we will provide modern equipment to the farmers.�, he added. The project was launched�on Friday�in the presence of farmers. Talking to this correspondent the retired Director of Extension Research, AAU Jorhat, Girin Hazarika opined that the project would bring a change to the development of agricultural sector of the state. �With the use of drone sensor in the project will definitely bring high production at low cost which in return will benefit the farmers.�, he observed. The farmers seem to be happy with the new initiatives taken by the company. �Our production will increase with the help of new techniques provided by the experts,� the farmers claimed.The State farmers generally prefer traditional method for which agriculture production is still low. But, the new method is likely to boost output.