17th Mar 2017 08:03:PM State
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

TEZU, Mar 17: Concerned over menace of opium cultivation as a source of livelihood at Tezu, Deputy Commissioner, Danish Ashraf has urged the farming community to grow medicinal and cash crops Spirulina, Stevia and Citronella etc in their fields as an alternative source of income generation.

Saying that opium was a menace to the people of Lohit and society in general, the DC asked everyone not to indulge in such illegal practices. He was addressing a District Level Farmers Training Cum Farmer- Scientist Interaction held at Amik Ringya Hall here today.

The DC also highlighted about the provisions made in budgets session to allocate funds of Rs 20 crores to every district to encourage farmers, cash crop farming with plantation material to curb menace of poppy cultivation among the farmers community.  

Based on the proposed budget, Ashraf insisted upon making Lohit a hub for organic products. He added that GI approved oranges, ginger, turmeric and other viable crops must be given a push.  Further, he explicitly mentioned that the programme should be well established within a period of two years and instructed the agricultural department and experts to dedicatedly work towards achieving this target.

Highlighting the details about reforms and activities under ATMA Lohit, DDA Cum PD Ajit Pao explained the importance of role played by the famers in the process of Agriculture technology management programme and the key functions of various extension functionaries.

Later an interaction session with the resource persons from KVK, Chongkham Chandra Moni Singh, SMS Horticulture, S. Rehman HDO, Tezu and Dr. N. Taipodia, DVO, Tezu with the farmers at length. Numerous queries of the farmers present were answered during the session.

The training was attended by more than hundred progressive farmers from all the villages of the District along with respective AFAs and ADOs

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