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Assam Govt. initiating new schemes to boost agricultural productivity

Jorhat , Wed, 17 Aug 2011 ANI

Jorhat, Aug 17 (ANI): Assam Government is making all possible efforts to increase agricultural productivity by initiating schemes and projects under which farmers in the region are provided both technical and monetary assistance.


Recently, the state government in collaboration with the Centre has launched the Thengal Swaniyojan Scheme 2011.


The Thengal Kachari Autonomous Council (TKAC) has taken the charge of the operation of the project under which it has distributed 50 power tillers and tractors in the region. The scheme can be availed only by marginal farmers in the region.he minimum requirement is that the applicant should belong to Thengal Autonomous Council and have at least 3-5 bighas of agriculture land.


The council provides half the amount as subsidy and provides a bank loan for the rest.


"This year the TKAC has distributed 50 power tillers to marginal farmers and altogether the council has distributed 179 numbers of power tillers to the farmers. This scheme will continue till it achieves its target," said Kumud Ch. Kachari, chief executive member.


Gunaram Saikia, a TKAC beneficiary, said: " I am very happy, as the government has provided me a tractor. Now I will hire it out to other farmers and can earn a lot from it. The traditional methods of farming are time consuming. The tractor saves a lot of time."


"My father got a tractor from TKAC. Since then his work has become easier. The tractors are of great benefit to farmers and I hope the agricultural productivity will increase," said Bhaarti Saikia, daughter of Gunaram Saikiaver the years the central government has initiated many projects for the farmers in the northeast.


They have been provided training in modern methods of farming, high yielding seeds and farm equipment.


Since 2005, the state government of Assam has distributed more than 1000 tractors and 3000 power tillers to promote agriculture productivity in the region. (ANI)


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