GUWAHATI, March 29: Aspee Agricultural Research and Development Foundation, Mumbai has been presenting three awards every year to outstanding Indian farmers in different fields such as horticulture, rain-fed farming and woman farmer categories since last 22 years in memory of founder of Aspee group Late L M Patel the largest manufactures of Plant Protection Appliances.
This year, two small tea growers from Assam were awarded nationally. Bhabendra Mohan Borgohain from Dibrugarh and Rajesh kr Dutta from Sivsagar bring laurels to the state.
Speaking on the occasion Distributor of Aspee Group in North East region Vishwanath Goenka for last 50 years and also president of Aspee Distributors Association stated that governing body of Aspee Foundation was convinced that under Horticulture group award, tea cultivation by small tea growers can be selected as a subject as almost 2.5 million tea cultivators exists in State of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Tripura, Nagaland, West Bengal, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh etc. As the subject was new, support from Dr. Girin Hazarika, Director Research of Assam Agriculture University, Jorhat was taken and Dr. Rana Bhuyan Head of the Department of Tea Husbandry, AAU was deputed who visited Mumbai several times to finalise various modalities of the award under Small Tea Growers category.
The nomination of awardees in small tea Growers category from Assam were selected after completing all the formalities as per criteria in small tea growers category. The final selection is done by the Governing Council under the chairmanship of Padma Vibhushan Prof. MS Swaminathan, the father of India’s Green Revolution. One award for the year 2017 under horticulture category for Small Tea Growers, Rs One Lakh, a citation and a Trophy were shared by Bhabendra Mohan Borgohain and Rajesh Kr Dutta.