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Mill machine gift for farmers

Guwahati, Feb. 20: Assam agriculture minister Nilamoni Sen Deka today said the state government would distribute around 1,000 mustard oil extraction machines among farmers.

Speaking at the inauguration of a five-day Mega Agri-Horticultural Show, 2013, at Veterinary Science playground at Khanapara here, Deka said the state government decided to distribute the machinery among farmers after record mustard cultivation.

“This year, Assam has surpassed other states in mustard cultivation and hence, we have decided to distribute around 1,000 mustard oil extraction machines among the farmers next year,” he said. The minister said mustard cultivation was done in three lakh hectares of land this year.

Around 100 farmers from across the state are showcasing their various agricultural and horticultural products at the show, which was inaugurated by chief minister Tarun Gogoi.

The government also launched a project to distribute two lakh saplings of various fruits in schools at the show.

Deka said the agriculture department would take steps to help farmers sell their excess vegetable produce here. “There are instances where our farmers are destroying their vegetable produce because of excessive production. I have asked officials of the marketing board to take steps to supply vegetable from the areas where they have excess production to Guwahati,” he said.

Gogoi said the agri-horticultural show was the biggest ever he had seen in Assam. “The show proves the agricultural scenario of the state is changing. Earlier, we did not emphasise on agriculture. But, now we are working to develop agricultural, horticultural and other allied fields,” he said.

Tharadol Thongruang, counsellor of ministry of commercial affairs of Thailand, said his government would be happy to work with the Assam government to develop agriculture.