Given the sizeable population of Assam, scientific practices are being used to benefit the agriculture sector. The production of large varieties of fruits and vegetables are now being exposed to advanced technologies for better yield.
Self-reliance is being promoted, as could be seen by the inauguration of the first of its kind agri hub nursery on horticulture farm in the Assam Agriculture University campus in Jorhat.
The nursery has been developed at a cost of Rs 15 crores and financed under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikash Yojana. It will annually produce 48 lakh seedlings of various vegetables and seasonal flowers. This new project will give a boost to production and ultimately help in generating more income for the farmers.
"We inaugurated this new agri hub and such things are very important as this will help in the growth of agriculture sector. Making use of such scientific practices will benefit Assam, especially the villages and will also help in tackling unemployment situation. Gradually the youth will also be interested in taking up agriculture, production will go up and income will increase," said Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.
While the climatic condition in the North East is conducive for agricultural activities and a large section in the region is involved in agriculture, the lack of scientific application in the field has prevented optimum production.
Recently, the Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC) in Trombay, gave its approval for the funding of 20 research projects to be taken up by scientists of Assam Agriculture University (AAU) mainly focusing on the development of agriculture sector in the North East.
These initiatives are expected to give a boost to advanced research in the field of agriculture and benefit farmers.
"It is definitely a very good thing because we are able to link up with BARC and it is just an opening. If we do well, I am sure many more projects will flow in. Our scientists will also get an exposure in BARC and other places. It will open up new avenues," said K M Bujarbaruah, Vice Chancellor, Assam Agricultural University (AAU).
There is a huge scope for development in the agriculture sector in the northeast through implementation of advanced technologies, which besides bringing revenue will address the employment problem.