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Farmers urged to harvest excess rain water for lean season

Assam Tribune, Guwahati, 27 July 2013

AMGURI, July 27 -- A livestock rearer-cum-farmer named Nipon Gogoi from Aideobari-Kathanigaon under Sapekhati development block of Sivasagar district once purchased a piglet and started his business. This young cultivator subsequently received the Thankeswar Nath Memorial Trophy for the years 2011 and 2012 after being selected as the best cultivator of the year within Sivasagar district. It needs mention that Krishak Nyas, an outstanding NGO of Sivasagar district has been presenting this trophy every year to a person who is selected as the best cultivator in the district. The award includes a citation, a running trophy and a cash amount of Rs 5,000. The awardee Nipon Gogoi annually earns about Rs 4 lakh from his broilers, pigs and paddy cultivation. On July 21 last, a public meeting was organised by Krishak Nyas at Jhanji Natya Samaj Kola Bhabon. The meeting, anchored by the chief secretary of the Krishak Nyas, Himadrijyoti Dutta, was presided over by Dr Arun Changkakati, president of the NGO. Former minister and local MLA Anjan Dutta attended the meeting as the chief guest. During his speech, chief guest Dutta expressed his satisfaction on the NGO's achievements and called upon the public to offer cooperation to the NGO Krishak Nyas not by money alone, but wholeheartedly. Further, MLA Dutta announced that the cash money offered to the best cultivator awardee will be donated by MLA Dutta himself in the near future. Prominent agro-scientist Dr Arun Pathak, former research director of Assam Agricultural University while attending the meeting as a special guest, during his speech, suggested that the surplus rain water in the paddy fields of Assam should be harvested so that it can be utilised during the dry season. Only then will the cultivators be benefitted, he remarked. Sivasagar district agricultural officer, Kailash Chandra Das and district animal husbandry and veterinary officer Dr Lalit Kalita also spoke on the occasion. All the outset, Krishak Nyas finance secretary Phushpadhar Neog spoke about the aims and directives of the NGO. The vote of thanks was subsequently offered by secretary Himadri Dutta.