Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has launched the ‘Assam Millet Mission’ with an aim to expand and increase millet cultivation in the state.
After inaugurating the programme, Sarma said that the Millet Mission is aimed at increasing the number of nutritionists and doubling the income of farmers in Assam.
The operation will also increase crop production and contribute to crop diversity.
He added that farmers can now diversify their livelihood and agricultural production apart from regular crops, they can increase their fields to grow millet.
Initially, the Assam Millet Mission will be practiced in an agricultural area of 25,000 hectares.
Later, there will be an increase of 50,000 hectares of agricultural land in the region.
Sarma further said that from next year, the Assam government has fixed the MSP for the sale price at Rs 2,040 per quintal.
Therefore, he asked the farmers to sell their cotton to the government.
CM 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 entirely under the same programme.
Assam Agriculture Minister Atul Bora, Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Ranjeet Kumar Dass and other members were also present on the occasion.