GUWAHATI, June 17 � State Agriculture Minister Nilamoni Sen Deka today said that the State would soon have a separate policy for the agriculture sector of the State to achieve self-self-sufficiency and has instructed all the district agricultural officers to prepare an annual action plan of the respective districts.
The Minister also stated that he has asked the officials to identify areas conducive for setting up of food processing units aimed at generating large-scale employment opportunities.
Speaking to media persons today, Deka stated that the field management committees would also be modernized and steps would be taken to ensure that all the farmers get the benefits of the Government schemes without much hassles.
He went on to say that surveys would be done across the State and a monitoring system to assess the grievances and suggestions of the beneficiaries would be also be put in place.
"It has been found that the gram sewaks, farmers and the district agricultural officers are not operating in a cohesive manner, which is hindering development in certain areas. We have now asked the district agriculture officer to maintain a diary, which would be assessed by the directorate on a consistent basis," the Minister pointed out, adding, "Consultancy service for the farmers would also be introduced soon".
Expressing satisfaction over the recent Planning Commission allocation for the agricultural sector, Deka stated, "Many innovative schemes would be introduced in the agricultural sector. Area mapping and infrastructure development would be the two aspects."
"The idea is to contribute towards economic development of the State in particular and the country as a whole," he said.
The Minister added that efforts would also be taken to meet the demand of seeds.