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Gogoi urges foreign entrepreneurs to invest

Chief minister Tarun Gogoi at the Assam International Agri-Horti Show 2014 at Khanapara on Wednesday.
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Guwahati, Jan. 8: Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi today invited foreign investors and industrialists to invest in the agriculture and horticulture sectors in the state.

“The future of both sectors lies in the proper implementation of the Look East Policy. I hope that the policy will help increase trade and commerce with the nearby countries. There are ample water and irrigation facilities in the state. Significant amount of land availability and good weather conditions are conducive to performing multi-cropping and increasing productivity of the crops,” Gogoi said.

The chief minister was speaking while inaugurating the first Assam International Agri-Horti Show 2014 at the College of Veterinary Science playground at Khanapara here. The show organised by the directorates of agriculture, horticulture and food processing, Assam and the Assam Agricultural University in association with the Indian Chamber of Commerce and the Assam Horticultural Society will continue till January 11.

Agriculture minister Nilamani Sen Deka claimed that the show was also the biggest conference-cum-exhibition ever organised in the Northeast, showcasing the prospect and potential of the region and especially that of Assam with respect to the agriculture and horticulture sector.

Bangladesh, Bhutan, Taiwan, Nepal, Italy, China, Indonesia, South Africa, Israel, Canada, the UK, Myanmar, Laos, the US and the Netherlands and more than 70 Indian companies and corporations representing agri-machinery, seeds, fertilizers, financial institutions and various boards in the agriculture sector participated in the event.

Gogoi said his government was looking for employment of sustainable development in the sector.

“There is a need to remove the presence of middlemen to reach the desired level of growth and development of the sector,” he said. Gogoi hoped that there would be more investments and capital deployment in the agriculture and horticulture sector in the state in the days to come.

Agriculture minister Deka said the sub-tropical climate of the Northeast is extremely favourable for the cultivation of many plantation crops. He said the state has performed extremely well in the last fiscal and has even reached record production of some of the crops including tea, jute and paddy.