Assam will get new agri policy: Bora

Stress on self-sufficiency

By Manash Pratim Dutta in Guwahati
  • Published 13.10.17
Agriculture minister Atul Bora lights the inaugural lamp at the Farmers' Day function in Guwahati on Thursday. Picture by UB Photos

Guwahati, Oct. 12: Assam will announce an agriculture policy next year with the aim to become "self-sufficient".

State agriculture minister Atul Bora made this announcement during Farmers' Day organised for the first time in the state by the animal husbandry, dairy and fisheries department.

Under the new policy, all farms under the department will be renovated to boost production so that the state becomes self-sufficient in poultry and other agricultural products.

"In the former Congress government, agriculture and animal husbandry, dairy and fisheries departments faced lots of problem. There are many posts vacant and for many years the employees did not get any promotion. So, we are formulating a new agricultural policy and sending it to other stakeholders for suggestions. The policy will put in for approval in the next Assembly session," Bora said.

The proposed policy is designed by the Assam Agricultural University (AAU).

Explaining the policy, AAU vice-chancellor Kamal Malla Buzarbarua said, "The Northeast has the highest deficiency in agricultural and poultry products in comparison with other states of the country. We import 30 lakh eggs every day for which around Rs 540 crore is paid from the government exchequer. So, we should have to implement the policy in a proper way so that by 2022 our home production doubles."

Altogether 107 veterinary doctors will be appointed in the state. Moreover, 500 grade IV posts and other vacant posts in the department, including pending promotions process, will be accelerated as soon as possible.

Bora today also announced that the department would arrange training for veterinary field assistants. "For many years, training for veterinary field assistant was not held. We are also planning to fill up all the field assistant posts. Moreover, an initiative will be taken to debar officials of the department from taking up other work so that they can concentrate on their duty to achieve the goal," Bora said.

Speaking on his plan to renovate the government department, Bora said public-private partnership mode would be taken up to make it more productive.

In today's function, the state government felicitated 30 successful farmers and agri-entrepreneurs of the state.