Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday visited Maloibari in Kamrup Metro district and took stock of agricultural activities being carried out by the farmers there.
He also interacted with the farmers engaged in harvesting of paddy in the agricultural fields and inspected the functioning of paddy reaper machines distributed by agriculture department to the farmers.
Later talking to the newsmen, the Chief Minister said that in parallel to the fight against COVID-19 the state government was putting emphasis on resumption of economic activities and the farmers have shown the way in this regard. Informing that state’s farmers and agri entrepreneurs did business worth Rs. 357 crore during the lockdown period by exporting agricultural products to various parts of the country, Sonowal said that the state has immense potential in the agricultural sector which was highlighted by the lockdown period. Assam can become self resilient and self dependent in agriculture, livestock, fisheries etc. and state’s farmers have shown that Assam can Achieve its developmental goals by engaging in agriculture and its allied sectors with renewed vigour.
Urging the young generation to take up farming as a means of self employment, Sonowal said that agricultural sector holds the key in providing employment opportunities to the state’s youths returning from outside. He also stressed on the need to capture the markets of North East region with Assam’s agricultural products along with striving to penetrate the markets of neighbouring South East Asian countries. Directing the agriculture department to provide seeds to the farmers by October every year, the Chief Minister said that timely distribution of seeds can help the farmers in increasing their production. He also pitched for ‘Make in Assam’ in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative and said that people of the state must extend their wholehearted support to Prime Minister’s call of local-vocal-global.
Opting for local products and also becoming vocal for popularizing local products should be practised during these times for reviving the country’s economy, he said.
Along with speeding up economic activities, the Chief Minister strongly urged for maintaining social distancing and other COVID-19 protocols so that the outbreak of the global pandemic can be contained in the state.
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