GUWAHATI: With a view to expand and increase millet cultivation across the state, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma launched the Assam Millet Mission at a function held in Guwahati on Wednesday.
Along with the launch of Operation Millet, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also inaugurated six Soil Testing and Quality Control Laboratories at Bongaigaon, Morigaon, Udalguri, Golaghat, Karimganj and Darrang and two knowledge centers at Dhemaji and Titabor gabi. It’s the same program.
Consolidating the programme, the chief minister of Assam also started the work of distribution of 126 harvesters, 1000 small, 450 farm machinery bank at village level, 12000 Solar PV Pump Set, 8500 five HP Diesel Pump set, 5091 electric tiller, seed 223963 quintal , 1461 multipurpose pulveriser.
Speaking on the matter, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “In terms of the agricultural history of the state, it is a historic day. The day marked by the inauguration of Mission Assam is aimed at increasing the amount of nutrition and doubling the income of farmers. The operation will also increase crop production and contribute to crop diversification.”
The chief minister of Assam said that the operation was launched in conjunction with the prime minister’s intention of Atmanirbharta (self-sufficiency).
With the introduction of millet operation, the farmers of Assam can diversify their production practices and other than the regular crops, they can increase their fields to grow millet.
He also congratulated the agriculture department of Cassam which has taken responsibility for launching this millet operation which will initially be operated on 25000 hectares of agricultural land.
Later it will be increased to 50000 hectares of agricultural land in Assam.
He also said that these knowledge centers that he inaugurated today will help the farmers of Assam to get knowledge and control of millet cultivation.
He informed that in the coming days 96 more knowledge centers will be implemented across the region under the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) aimed at increasing the number of agricultural products.
Outlining his government’s initiatives for the welfare of the farming community, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma urged farmers to take advantage of Mission Baundhara 2.0 and change the status of their land to patta land.
He also informed that from next year, his government has fixed the MSP for Rs 2040 per quintal.
The minister also urged the farmers to plant different plants such as sal, agar etc. around their agricultural land which apart from the commercial benefits they will be given will also mark the demarcation of their land.
He also asked them to diversify into palm cultivation. In addition, considering the huge demand for citrus, bhut jolokia, joha rice, he asked the farmers to grow these crops more so that they become self-sufficient and economical.