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GUWAHATI, June 1 - As part of its effort to achieve the target of doubling farmers� income by 2021, the State government has decided to undertake a series of measures to strengthen the agriculture and allied sector in Assam.

The government has also taken steps to curb nepotism and a number of officials have been suspended while sanction for prosecution has been given against some others, Agriculture Minister Atul Bora said here today.

Addressing the media, Bora said that one lakh shallow tubewells, 10,000 solar pumps and around 400 small rice mills will be set up in the State within next year.

A meeting will be held here on June 12 where top department officials and agriculture experts and scientists will brainstorm on ways to make the farm sector more vibrant in Assam.

Bora said that there has been a bumper harvest of paddy and potato in the State this year and the government has fixed Rs 150 crore for price stabilisation to ensure that farmers do not have to resort to distress sale.

He said that the Assam State Agricultural Marketing Board (ASAMB) has already purchased over 17,000 quintal of potato from farmers.

He admitted that potato farmers at some places had to face loss and said the government is working on estimating the exact quantum of loss.

Bora said that prosecution sanction against a number of officials accused on various charges, which had been pending for a long time, has been given since the Sarbananda Sonowal-led government came to power.

In addition, eight officials of ASAMB have also been suspended for alleged involvement in illegal activities.

�Our policy is of zero tolerance to corruption and mismanagement,� said the Minister.

He said that the ASAMB has collected cess worth over Rs 19 crore during the past one year, despite closure of 18 checkgates, and broken all previous records in cess collection.

Bora said that special emphasis has been given on popularising the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana.

Speaking on the occasion, ASAMB Chairman Palit Kumar Borah said that work is going on to set up three new cold storage facilities in Assam. They are coming up at Chaigaon, Kharupetia and Sutarkandi.

In addition, the State government has handed over 50 bigha of land at Silchar for setting up an Inter State Terminal Market, which will be the first one of its kind in the North Eastern region.

�We are also scouting for land to set up another Inter State Terminal Market near Guwahati. Besides, we are also planning to set up around 20 small markets across Assam,� he said.

He said the Board has set a market to procure 31,900 MT of paddy this year and 15,964 MT has already been procured.

�We have fixed Rs 1,470 per quintal as the support price for per quintal of paddy, which is far higher that what the farmers generally get in the market,� Borah said.

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Steps to boost agri sector

GUWAHATI, June 1 - As part of its effort to achieve the target of doubling farmers� income by 2021, the State government has decided to undertake a series of measures to strengthen the agriculture and allied sector in Assam.

The government has also taken steps to curb nepotism and a number of officials have been suspended while sanction for prosecution has been given against some others, Agriculture Minister Atul Bora said here today.

Addressing the media, Bora said that one lakh shallow tubewells, 10,000 solar pumps and around 400 small rice mills will be set up in the State within next year.

A meeting will be held here on June 12 where top department officials and agriculture experts and scientists will brainstorm on ways to make the farm sector more vibrant in Assam.

Bora said that there has been a bumper harvest of paddy and potato in the State this year and the government has fixed Rs 150 crore for price stabilisation to ensure that farmers do not have to resort to distress sale.

He said that the Assam State Agricultural Marketing Board (ASAMB) has already purchased over 17,000 quintal of potato from farmers.

He admitted that potato farmers at some places had to face loss and said the government is working on estimating the exact quantum of loss.

Bora said that prosecution sanction against a number of officials accused on various charges, which had been pending for a long time, has been given since the Sarbananda Sonowal-led government came to power.

In addition, eight officials of ASAMB have also been suspended for alleged involvement in illegal activities.

�Our policy is of zero tolerance to corruption and mismanagement,� said the Minister.

He said that the ASAMB has collected cess worth over Rs 19 crore during the past one year, despite closure of 18 checkgates, and broken all previous records in cess collection.

Bora said that special emphasis has been given on popularising the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana.

Speaking on the occasion, ASAMB Chairman Palit Kumar Borah said that work is going on to set up three new cold storage facilities in Assam. They are coming up at Chaigaon, Kharupetia and Sutarkandi.

In addition, the State government has handed over 50 bigha of land at Silchar for setting up an Inter State Terminal Market, which will be the first one of its kind in the North Eastern region.

�We are also scouting for land to set up another Inter State Terminal Market near Guwahati. Besides, we are also planning to set up around 20 small markets across Assam,� he said.

He said the Board has set a market to procure 31,900 MT of paddy this year and 15,964 MT has already been procured.

�We have fixed Rs 1,470 per quintal as the support price for per quintal of paddy, which is far higher that what the farmers generally get in the market,� Borah said.