Deputy Commissioner, Keerthi Jalli urged farmers to adopt latest technology and shed traditional ways of farming to increase the crop yield.
She was speaking at a ceremonial distribution of sprinkler sets under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY) organised by the District Agriculture Department at its office premises here on Thursday.
In her introductory speech, Jalli said the farmers must adopt advanced agriculture technology to increase productivity. She said various schemes and projects are being extended by the state and central governments and this must be availed by the farmers of the district to increase productivity.
District Agriculture Officer, Aniruddha Dutta said around 350 applications were received for sprinkler sets and this would be distributed to the beneficiaries within March. He advised the farmers to change their mindset while adopting new farming technology. He appealed to them to think scientifically and not traditionally while implementing modern technology in their farms.
Subdivisional Agriculture Officer Dr.AR Ahmed spoke about different government schemes for farmers such as drip irrigation and micro-irrigation. “If the farmers want to overcome problems and to enhance productivity, they should reap the benefits from government schemes available in the district,” he said. Dr.Ahmed said besides 350 applications received online for sprinkler sets this time, more than 300 such sets were distributed earlier. He said the sprinkler set which costs Rs 25,000-30,000 in the market are made available to the farmers at a meagre Rs.2,800 due to subsidy provided by the government.
Later, demonstration was given on the use of sprinkler set. 12 sprinkler sets were ceremonially distributed by the Deputy Commissioner at the programme.
Later Deputy Commissioner Jalli visited the Hailakandi block development office nearby and expressed displeasure over the sorry state of affairs prevailing there. She directed the block development officer to submit a detailed report within two days.