GUWAHATI, April 7 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated the Mooambika Rice and Food Grains Tech Expo-2018 at a function held at the Maniram Dewan International Trade Centre here today, stated a press release today.
Being held in Assam for the first time, the international rice and food grains tech expo is the fifth of its kind in the country. The expo is being organised jointly by the Federation of All India Rice Millers Association and the All Assam Rice Millers Association.
Speaking on the occasion, Sonowal said, �If we want to pay respect to our nation, we need to pay respect to our farmers. Farmers hold the key of building a strong foundation for a developed country.� He also said ever since the BJP-led State government has come to power in Assam, the government has been trying to double farmers� income by taking several interventional schemes.
The Chief Minister said the economy of the State is dependent on agriculture and therefore, there should be an all round development of this sector to make the country�s economy robust.
Sonowal expressed hope that organising the rice and food grains tech expo would prove to be a fillip to the immense agriculture potential of the State.
He also urged the stakeholders of the Federation of All India Rice Millers Association and the All Assam Rice Millers Association to make optimum use of the latest technology for the development of agricultural sector.
Sonowal called upon the industrialists present at the inaugural function to invest in agricultural sector in Assam. He, however, said the government is hell bound to spearhead development of the State, but not at the cost of its ecology.
Chairman of the Federation of All India Rice Millers Association, GB Rao, its president Darshan Saini, vice president Yogesh Agarwala, president of the All Assam Rice Millers Association, RK Bajaj and a host of other dignitaries were present on the occasion, added the release.