NALBARI, Dec 1 - Assam Agricultural University (AAU), Jorhat Vice-Chancellor Dr Kamal Malla Bujarbaruah said there is a lot of scope of doubling farmers� income in Lower Assam, though it is still a far cry in this part of the State.
However, he observed that income of the farmers in the State has increased by almost 50 per cent.
Addressing a farmers-scientists interaction programme on the issue of doubling income of farmers, which was organised by the Nalbari Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) on Tuesday last, Dr Bujarbaruah said the Government and AAU have been formulating various schemes for doubling farmers� income by 2022.
He said that the Government should provide more funds to the varsity so that it can achieve the target with the help of KVKs in this regard. The Vice-Chancellor also called upon the farmers to avoid the traditional system of farming and said they should produce as per the demand of the market.
Addressing the meeting, Dr Hemendra Bhattacharya, former Director of Extension Education of AAU, Jorhat, said in order to create a market, farmers should unite and raise crops on a cluster basis.
Dr Bhattacharya stressed on scientific development of the State�s agriculture sector. The meeting, conducted by Dr Mridul Deka, chief scientist of Nalbari KVK, was addressed by Hemanta Kalita, Assistant Director of the Agriculture Department, Ankur Rajbangshi, an expert on fisheries, Homeswar Mazumdar, expert on horticulture, among others.
After the interaction, a warm farewell was given to Dr Hemendra Bhattacharya, who recently retired from service.