GUWAHATI, Feb 23: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that extensive agricultural research holds the key for balanced agricultural development of the country. Inaugurating the 3rd National Youth Convention on “Transforming Agriculture for Agripreneurship and Employment Opportunities: The Youth Perspective” at Assam Agricultural University (AAU) in Jorhat on Friday, Sonowal said that AAU should take the lead in setting an agenda for the students to carry out research to propel agricultural growth in the state.
Sharing his experience as the son of a farmer, Sonowal said that he himself saw his father was engaged in agricultural practices throughout the year. However, lack of scientific exposure and research perhaps did not help the farmers of yesteryears to use agriculture to advance economic prosperity. He therefore, suggested that extensive research holds the key for balanced development of agriculture and use it (agriculture) as the force-multiplier for economic development.
He also hoped that the 3rd National Youth convention in Jorhat where students from agriculture, professors and agricultural scientists from across the country have converged turns out to be an event to put forward a set of recommendations to propel agricultural growth of the country. He also urged upon the assembly to send across innovative ideas, thoughts and suggestion for the farmers and agriculturists across the county to use and be benefitted from.
Citing a strong linkage of the Indian society with agriculture, Sonowal said, “Rishi and Krishi are the edifice of our culture and economy without which our existence will become meaningless. Therefore, we should give adequate importance to agriculture and agriculturists for us to tread the future journey of our existence”. He also said that Government of Assam realising the importance of agriculture has introduced programmes like Chief Minister Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana to double the farm income by 2022.
He however, unequivocally maintained that his government is giving importance to give boost to organic farming and is striving to maintain the growth story in sync with its ecology. Therefore, the state government has decided to plant 10 crore saplings in the state to maintain greenery and halcyon beauty of the state. He also appealed to the Assam Agricultural University to set out a future plan for Assam to take the path of Agricultural development and economic growth taking all the stake holders along. He also urged upon the youths present in the convention to ignore all differences and work for ‘Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’.
The convention which has been organised jointly by Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Assam Agricultural University and All India Agriculture Students’ Association was also attended among others by Member of Parliament Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, Pradan Baruah, MLA Rituparna Baruah, Vice Chancellor of Assam Agricultural University Dr. KM Bujarbaruah, Patron of All India Agriculture Students’ Association R.P. Singh, president of All India Agriculture Students’ Association Sonika Priyadarshini and a host of others. Synchronising with the programme Sonowal also conferred award to different personalities in recognition to their excellence in different fields of agricultural practices.