Tomar participated in the inaugural function of National Agri-Horticultural Show 2021 held at Bokakhat stadium in Golaghat district virtually. He said Assam is fast emerging as a global hub in terms of agricultural production.
Reiterating the central government’s commitment for boosting the agricultural sector of Assam, the Union Minister said that Assam produces 50% tea and 28% bamboo of the country. He informed that the Union Food Processing Ministry has initiated move to set up mega food park which would help in increasing farmers income and GDP of the state. Highlighting the steps taken by Union Government for welfare of the farmers, Union Minister informed that around 13 lakh crore bank loans were sanctioned to farmers in the country.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal appreciated the initiative taken by the Agriculture department and said that the agri-horticultural show would help in introducing the youth with modern farm techniques. He observed that the young farmers would be able to acquire knowledge about technological innovations, marketing opportunities and value addition of agri products through this show. He informed that the Central and State governments have undertaken a number of schemes to boost rural economy. He also urged the farmers to work hard to increase their production and productivity and to realise Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of doubling farmer’s income by 2022.
The Chief Minister while calling upon the farmers for value addition of the agricultural products, also asked them to put efforts to capture national and international markets. He informed that the central government has adopted schemes like Krishan Samman Nidhi, Krishi Sinchai Yoajana, Soil Health Card, KCC etc. to benefit the farmers besides announcing 1 lakh crore package to strengthen agricultural infrastructure.
Stating that the Assam government since its formation have been sincerely working to develop the Agriculture sector, the Chief Minister informed that steps like distribution of tractors under Chief Minister’s Samagrya Gramya Unnayan Yojana, financial aid under Krishi Sa Sajuli Yojana etc. were taken to increase farmer’s income. The Chief Minister also called upon the farmers to take advantage of the Act East Policy enunciated by the central government and to contribute in boosting the economy of the state.
Assam Minister of Agriculture, Horticulture and Food Processing Atul Bora said that the agri-horticulture show organized with an aim to provide a platform for farmers, agricultural scientists and common public for better interaction, farmers training, exhibition, seminar etc. would attract the farmers towards commercial farming. He also urged the farmers to work with competitive mentality to be economically self-sufficient.