Agartala, Nov 28, 2020, ENEWSTIME Desk
The agri and allied sectors in Tripura continue to shed rays of hope for a thriving rural economy which is still grappling to come out of the worst kind of challenges due to Covid19 pandemic. After pineapple, tea, bamboo and coffee, it’s time for scented lemon of the State to usher new dawn for cultivators amidst overwhelming Covid19 induced darkness.
Now, Tripura is all set to bag an order of 2.5 lakhs scented lemon saplings very shortly. The development came after the state government took concerted efforts to send scented lemons to outside states. Once this materializes, it will be big boon for farmers, Agri experts commented.
“Some parties of other states have shown interest in buying our scented lemon saplings. We have initiated talks with the trade candidates and soon some positive outcome will be on the cards”, senior agriculture scientist Dr Baharul Islam Majumder said.
“The project is in initial stage. Now, we will bridge a channel between the nursery owners of Tripura and the entities who are ready to buy our saplings. We will finalize the rates once we sit together with the nursery owners of the state”, he told a gathering of agriculture graduates at Nazrul Kalakshetra on Saturday.
Referring to his words, Agriculture Minister Pranajit Singha Roy, who had also attended the programme, said, “Now our focus should be target oriented. With every passing year we must augment our production. The challenge is to achieve the targeted production without hampering the health of soil and also in the existent limited cropland”.
He said, “Experts are the torch bearers for ministers and elected representatives in technical sectors like agriculture. The way you people lead us, the process of development shall follow later”.
According to the minister, more than 2 lakh 4 thousand farmers succeeded to insure their crops through PM Fasal Beema Yojana and about 2 lakh 24 thousand farmers of the state are getting the benefit of PM’s direct relief deposit scheme—PM Kisan Sanman Nidhi.
He said, “The motive is to provide all the technical expertise to the farmers so that they can be empowered to brighten themselves in leaps and bounds”. He also said, some structural changes are underway to collaborate both the agriculture and horticulture department for better access to the facilities.