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Monday , December 3 , 2012
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Next green revolution will be in Assam: Deka

Guwahati, Dec. 2: Assam agriculture minister Nilamani Sen Deka today claimed that the next green revolution would take place in Assam.

“My department has chalked out a road map to produce more than 100 lakh metric tonnes of rice in Assam in the next three years, which would be a record in itself. Despite the devastating effects of the annual floods on agriculture, we are now ready to target a record production of paddy. Earlier, the green revolution took place in Punjab but now it will take place in Assam,” he said.

Deka spoke during a function organised here to give away awards to the three best farmers for 2011-12 and for the distribution of tractors and power tillers to beneficiaries from Darrang, Morigaon, Nagaon, Kamrup and Nalbari districts.

An official of the agriculture department revealed that the World Bank had said the state’s Assam Agricultural Competitiveness Project was an “acknowledged” success and could be a precursor to a green revolution in the state. The project was launched in Assam with the bank’s support in 2005.

Deka said his department had tied up with Assam Agricultural University to increase paddy production.

He said the department would now fight floods by including more cultivable land under the high-yielding variety coverage area.

Chief minister Tarun Gogoi praised the department for targeting a record production of paddy.

“Staging protests on the streets and shouting slogans do not bring about development for farmers. Modernisation of the farming sector holds the key for futuristic development of Assam,” he added.

The chief minister said he would consider the department’s proposal to sanction Rs 500 crore for an irrigation scheme to ensure that the farmers could cultivate throughout the year.

Gogoi said his government would take steps so that the Food Corporation of India could procure rice from the farmers for the right price.