Agartala, October 18 : Agriculture and agriculture related sectors are the mainstay of the economy of the state. Farmers are food donors. 43 percent of the state’s total GDP comes from agriculture and agriculture-related sectors. Therefore, the state government has taken various steps for the development of agriculture and the welfare of farmers. Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Ratanlal Nath said this at the offer distribution ceremony among unemployed youths and young women at the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare in auditorium No. 1 of Rabindra Satabarshiki Bhawan today. A total of 401 people were offered in the event. These young men and women have been recruited in the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare through the JRBT examination. These 401 are recruited for the post of Agri Assistant (Tripura Agriculture Field Service Grade-III).
At the offer distribution ceremony for the post of Agri Assistant, the Agriculture Minister said that for the development of agriculture and the welfare of farmers, emphasis has been given on modern and scientific farming instead of traditional farming. Agricultural workers play an important role in acclimatizing the farmers to modern and scientific methods of farming. At present there are 460 Agri Assistants in the state. 401 people have been offered today. The Minister of Agriculture expressed the hope that those who have been offered the post of Agri Assistant today will play an important role in the development of the state’s agriculture in the future. He said, the present age is the age of technology. Civilization is now machine dependent. Everything from land to irrigation, seed planting to crop production is machine dependent. Therefore, the Department of Agriculture is also helping the farmers with advanced agricultural machinery for modern farming. Besides, farmers are also being trained in advanced farming practices.
On the occasion, the Agriculture Minister also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Chief Minister of the state Prof. (Dr.) Manik Saha have taken multifaceted programs for the socio-economic development of agriculture and farmers. If the farmers are self-reliant, the development of the country and the state will accelerate. He said that 70 percent of the people of the state are dependent on agriculture. The total demand of food grains in the state is 9 lakh 45 thousand metric tons. There is some shortfall in the production of foodgrains in terms of demand. Therefore, the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare is working to increase the production of agricultural products in the state.
Secretary of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Department Apurba Roy also spoke on the occasion. Director of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Department Sharadindu Das delivered the welcome address. At the event, the guests including the Agriculture Minister handed over the offers to the offer recipients. Director of Department of Horticulture and Land Conservation thanked Dr. Phanibhushan jamatia.