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NFSM official reviews pulse, oilseed cultivation in Nalbari dist

By Correspondent

NALBARI, Nov 3 - The National Food Security Mission (NFSM) has been trying to promote pulse and oilseed cultivation in the State.

A high-level official team of the NFSM on Wednesday visited Nalbari district to conduct a spot study of the present status of the pulse and oilseed cultivation and its prospects in the district.

The consultant of the NFSM, Shamser Singh, first visited the Nalbari Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) and interacted with the agri-scientists about the cultivation of those traditional crops. The programme coordinator of the Nalbari KVK, Dr Mridul Deka, elaborated on the initiatives taken by the KVK for the expansion of pulse and oilseed cultivation in the district.

Later, the official visited the pumpkin farm at Moiradonga village where pumpkin is cultivated at an area of 100 bighas. Highly impressed by the initiatives taken by a group of youths in cultivating pumpkin, he said that he never saw such a large pumpkin cultivation field earlier.

Singh also visited a sesame farm in Chengnoi areas. While talking to this correspondent, NFSM consultant Singh said that the NFSM has given special emphasis on the cultivation of those crops to meet the increasing demand.

He added that the NFSM has sanctioned an amount of Rs 17 crore to all the 29 States in the nation. He further said that the State has bright prospect of pulse and oilseed cultivation. In the State, the quality of the seeds should be developed to get surplus production.

Singh also laid stress on the scientific approach in cultivation, besides enhancement of the investment in agricultural sector. The NFSM consultant will cover four lower Assam districts during his visit. He will leave for New Delhi on Friday and submit a report in this regard.

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