GUWAHATI, July 14 - �Farmers are the backbone of our nation and agriculture is the foundation on which Indian culture and civilization has thrived for over thousands of years. We cannot dream of a bright future without including farmers in the roadmap of development,� said Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal while addressing farmers at the Krishak Samaroh held today at Cinatoli in Golaghat district, an official release stated.
Organised jointly by the Mega Mission Society of the Chief Minister�s Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana and the State Department of Agriculture, the Krishak Samaroh was organised in line with the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to double farmers� income by 2022.
Referring to the recent hike in MSP for kharif crops for the 2018-19 season which was approved by the Union Cabinet recently, the Chief Minister reiterated the Government�s commitment towards doubling farmers� income by 2022 through greater emphasis on generating higher income for farmers.
The Chief Minister distributed 13 tractors, 10 power tillers, 2 mini rice mills to two Self Help Groups, 10 soil health cards and land patta to five beneficiaries during today�s programme.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Agriculture Atul Bora urged the farmers to work hard to achieve the vision of doubling their income by 2022. Minister Bora highlighted the innovative scheme taken up by the Government - the Chief Minister�s Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana � under which 26,000 revenue villages in the State will receive a tractor each.
Bora informed that during the last two years, the Department of Agriculture had distributed around 8,000 power tillers and around 13 lakh soil health cards among the farmers. He also said steps are being taken to improve the overall irrigation scenario to boost farmers� productivity.
Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta, Rajya Sabha MP Biswajit Daimary, MLA Khumtai Mrinal Saikia, MLA Dergaon Bhabendra Nath Bharali, MLA Tingkhong Bimal Bora, Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture, VS Bhaskar, CEO, Chief Minister�s Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana, RT Jindal, Commissioner and Secretary Amlan Baruah, Agriculture Director MS Mannivannan, Secretary Vinod Seshan, Deputy Commissioner Golaghat Gaurav Bothra along with Agriculture Department and senior district administration officials were present in today�s meeting.