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Agri college fillip for Dhubri

- First batch of institute to have 25 students

Dhubri, Aug. 22: Chief minister Tarun Gogoi today said the Assam government had fulfilled the long-pending demand for an agriculture college in Dhubri district after inaugurating the institute named after former chief minister late Sarat Chandra Sinha near Chapor.

“This college will go a long way to improve the quality and quantity of agricultural produce in Dhubri and adjoining areas and prove to be a great help to the farmers of the lower Assam districts,” he said.

Gogoi had laid the foundation stone of the college at Champabati agriculture farm at Rangamati near Chapor town on February 7, 2009.

He appealed to the first batch of students enrolled this year to study sincerely and make efforts to increase productivity and assist farmers for all-round development in agriculture.

Gogoi appealed to farmers to stop going to middlemen and instead establish direct links with markets to get abetter price for their produce.

The chief minister also made a fervent appeal to stop the strike culture in the state and bring in work culture for all-round development, because strikes are a stumbling block to progress and prosperity.

Referring to the flare-up in Golaghat district on the Assam-Nagaland border, Gogoi expressed sadness over the death of innocent people and alleged the neutral force deployed along the border had not discharged their duties properly. “We are making all-out efforts to defuse tension on the inter-state border and bring peace and amity among all sections of people living there,” he said.

State agriculture minister Nilamoni Sen Deka said the college would start functioning from this academic session with 25 students in the the first semester, three teachers and 12 assistance teachers.

“The college will also have research facilities where students can carry out research on various aspects of agriculture which will provide the farmers take up modern and scientific methods to improve production,” he said.

Parliamentary secretary Chandan Sarkar, vice-chancellor of Assam Agriculture University, K.M. Bujarbaruah, and associate dean of AAU, Ranjit Sarma, also attended the programme.