Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Radha Mohan Singh informed that the production of fish and fish seeds in the state has increased by 10.06 percent and 43.79 percent respectively in last two years. Compared to 576 thousand tonnes production of fish in the year 2014-2016, state has produced 634 thousand tonnes of fish in the year 2016-2018. In case of fish seed production the state has produced 14,738 million FRY in the year of 2016-2018 which is 43.79 percent higher than previous two years. The minister was also informed that the production of milk also increased by 3.6 percent in 2016-2018 compared to previous two years.
The minister was speaking at a meeting in Administrative Staff College, Guwahati to review the development of Agri-Horticulture sector in Assam Tuesday. The minister reviewed the activities of different sectors related to Agriculture in the state.
After reviewing the cooperative development in the state, the minister said that the Central government is committed to accelerate cooperative development in Assam through National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC). In last 4 years (2014-2018), the Corporation has sanctioned a total of Rs. 55.46 crore for the state out of which Rs. 11.06 crore has already been released, the minister said.
Reviewing all the sectors of agriculture and horticulture, the minister said that all the funds which have been released should be utilised properly and on time. He also emphasised on the need for publicity of the schemes and to take its reach to the farmers. Reviewing about fish production in the state, Singh emphasised that the government market also needs to be increased.
The minister said that the goal of the Central government to double the farmer’s income will be achieved and overall prosperity will be realised in the state. Supplementing the central government efforts, the State government has come up with an integrated cooperative development project for the whole state. The project cost is of about Rs. 6000 crore, under which all the potential sectors such as agriculture, organic farming, horticulture, animal husbandry, fisheries, storage and cold storage, processing of agricultural products among other facilities are to be included.