GUWAHATI: BJP led Assam government on Wednesday started Assam Agribusiness and Rural Transformation Project (APART), a World Bank funded project.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal expressed optimism that this project would be able to uplift the agricultural sector of the state and inspire the farmers to adopt latest technology to increase production.
Reiterating the state government’s commitment to motivate the farmers of the state to make the shift from single to multi cropping for increasing the farm income, the chief minister said that this project would be able to fulfil the state’s much larger vision of an agriculture based rural transformation by increasing productivity, raising private sector investment and create better job opportunities among others.
He also said that this new project would be able to supplement other state government initiatives like Chief Minister’s Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojna (CMSGUY), Ease of Doing of Business etc.
“We are at 7th position in the country in banana production and we produce high quality turmeric, ginger etc. We must take advantage of our fertile lands for increasing the productivity and thereby bring rural economic transformation. Potential investors must be guided to the districts where different items are cultivated as per their specific needs” Sonowal said.
Six international knowledge partners have come to share technical knowhow in managing the different components of this project like agriculture, horticulture, livestock etc.
Source : ET