State agricultural policy soon: Bora

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GUWAHATI, Aug 5: Assam government is likely to announce state agricultural policy soon. This was disclosed by agriculture minister Atul Bora while participating in an AIR talk show “Dristipat” in Guwahati on Friday night.

“The draft of the policy has been prepared by the Assam Agricultural University (AAU) in consultation with the agriculture department, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) and Indian Council for Agriculture Research (ICAR), Bora said.

The state government is all set to distribute 13 lakh soil health cards among farmers, Bora also said and added that 1.41 lakh cards have been distributed from April 2016 to June this year. Altogether 214 soil test kits are operational for this purpose, Bora further said.

The minister said that emphasis has been given to successfully implement Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sichai Yojna (PMKSY) in the state. He said that recent flood has damaged over 2 lakh hectares of agricultural land and agriculture department has taken step for community nursing for the help of flood-hit farmers. He said Rs 7.54 crore have been released as subsidy to farmers under Crop Insurance programme, he said.

The minister, who is also holding the portfolio of urban development department, said that Rs 600 crore has been sanctioned by the Centre for Prime Minister Awas Yojna Urban (PMAY-U) for the state.

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