PM-Kisan Scheme and Agriculture in Assam
The Department of Agriculture, Assam, organised a two-day workshop on “Reasons for Variations in Agriculture Productivity across the State” on March 2 and 3, 2023, at the Assam Administrative Staff College, Guwahati. The workshop was aimed at identifying the reasons for variations in agricultural productivity in different regions of the state and to develop strategies to address the challenges faced by the farming community.
The Agriculture Minister of Assam, Atul Bora, addressed the gathering on the second day of the workshop and stressed the need for every eligible farmer in the state to benefit from the PM-Kisan scheme. He urged the Agriculture Officers from across the state to work on a war footing manner to ensure that each eligible farmer in Assam could avail the benefit of the scheme. The 13th instalment of the PM-Kisan scheme, which was centrally released by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi from Karnataka on February 27, 2023, saw farmers in Assam receiving an amount of approximately Rupees 174 Crore.
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The Agriculture Minister also highlighted the initiatives taken by the state government, such as the Assam Millet Mission, Assam Fodder Mission, Assam Floriculture Mission, and requested all officers and employees to work hard towards achieving the objectives of these missions. He emphasised the need for strengthening the different Farmers Producers Companies of the state and reorganising the Pathar Parichalana Samities to increase farmers’ income. Additionally, he requested the Agriculture and Irrigation Department to work together to ensure irrigation facilities to the farming community of the state.
Dr Ashish Kumar Bhutani, Addl. Chief Secretary & APC, Assam, Akashdeep, SPD, ARIAS Society, Dr H.S. Gupta, Chairman, Assam Agricultural Commission, and members of the Commission, Dr Haladhar Dev Sarma, Dr B.C. Barah and P.P. Sarma, were present at the workshop. The Director of Horticulture T.R.Bora, Addl. Chief Engineer, Irrigation department Mayur Bhuyan, representatives from AAU, MANAGE, AMTRON, ASOCA, and other experts from the field of agriculture also participated in the workshop.
The workshop discussed the challenges faced by the farmers in different regions of the state and proposed strategies to address them. The participants also discussed the impact of climate change on agriculture and the need for climate-resilient agriculture practices. The Agriculture Minister appealed to the Assam Agricultural University to work on climate resilience agriculture for the greater interest of the farmers.
The workshop also highlighted the need for the state to focus on the development of agriculture and its allied sectors to achieve the vision of the Honourable Chief Minister, Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, of making Assam one of the best states among the five frontier states of the country. The Agriculture Minister called on all departmental officers to encourage agri-entrepreneurs in the state to take advantage of the Agriculture Infrastructure Fund.
The workshop was a great success, and the participants appreciated the efforts of the Department of Agriculture, Assam, in organising such an event. The Agriculture Minister thanked all the participants and emphasised the importance of collaboration and cooperation among the different departments and stakeholders for the development of the agriculture sector in the state.
In conclusion, the workshop on “Reasons for Variations in Agriculture Productivity across the State” provided a platform for experts and stakeholders in the field of agriculture to share their knowledge and experiences and propose strategies to address the challenges faced by the farming community in different regions of the state. The workshop also highlighted the initiatives taken by the state government to develop the agriculture sector and emphasised the need for collaboration and cooperation among the different departments and stakeholders.