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Tea and Agro-Based, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 2, 2009

Inferior tea pricks euphoria

tea pricks euphoria(TEL,11-1-k8)

Jan. 10:
The tea
industry’s euphoria over good prices after several years may soon evaporate with
a lot of “waste tea” being pumped into the market by producers trying to make
hay while the sun shines. According to industry estimates, over 20 million kg of
inferior quality tea, a bulk of which is reprocessed from tea waste, has been
released in the market. Assam produces about 450 million kg annually. …more…


Cachar on
international biodiesel map(TEL, 17-1-k8)

British multinational to set up region’s first jatropha oil expeller in
the district

(TEL, 17-1-k8)

Silchar, Jan.
16: Two multinational honchos flew down to Cachar on Sunday and named the
district as the newest biofuel destination in the Northeast. The region’s first
oil expeller to extract biodiesel from jatropha curcas, a non-edible
oilseed bearing plant, will be set up by the multinational D1-BP Fuel Crops
Limited in the south Assam district soon. Ann Cormack, the chief executive of
the D1-BP Fuel, made the announcement on Monday night. Cormack said this oil
expeller would be the first step towards establishing the region’s first oil
refinery for biodiesel. …more…


Sour taste
to Manipur lemon fest(TEL, 17-1-k8)

Jan. 16:
More than 200
farmers will take part in the fourth annual lemon festival in Ukhrul with the
hope of attracting more buyers.However, their hopes could be dashed if the
Manipur government does not make any attempts to attract buyers from outside the
state. Ukhrul’s lemon festival is held annually and this year’s two-day festival
will begin at Kachai, known as the “lemon bowl of Manipur,” on Friday. The
organisers have decided to increase the number of stalls from last year’s 165 to
200. Six farmers from Senapati district have been invited. Farmers from 10
villages will compete in the festival. …more…


horizons for farmers(TEL, 17-1-k8)

Jan. 16:
The Year of the
Farmer, initiated by the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government, ended
today with a clarion call asking them to take up new methods of farming. The
farming community in the state is a neglected lot, even though the state accords
highest priority to the farmers and more than 75 per cent of the people depend
on farming for their livelihood. Moreover, the farmers in the state are yet to
get familiar with the use of modern technology in farming. At a function held at
the state central library as a part of the culmination of the farmers’ year,
additional chief secretary W.M.S. Pariat said farmers in the state should use
new methods and explore the use of modern equipment. The farmers need to do this
in order to meet the growing demand in the market. …more…


neem yields sweet dividend (TEL, 19-1-k8)

fertiliser revs up production and increases demand

(TEL, 19-1-k8)

Jan. 18:
Vegetables grown using non-toxic neem-based fertilisers and pesticides under the
Neem Dharitri project are flooding markets in Dhubri. Implemented by the
district unit of the Centre for Science and Environment Education and the
Science Learning Centre, the project is benefiting farmers in two ways. Besides
ensuring high yield, vegetables cultivated using eco-friendly neem are fetching
higher prices, too. Neem is known to be the antidote to many ailments and
fertilisers made from extracts of the plant are safe as well as economical.

German technology to be introduced in orange plantations

GUWAHATI, Jan 1: The Directorate of Horticulture and Food Processing,
Asom, is going to introduce ‘water holding granules’, popularly known as ‘Rain
Drops’, in the orange orchards of Asom. The Water Holding Granules, a
Germany-based technology will help to retain water during the dry season in the
orange orchards of the State. This was disclosed by JP Meena, Agricultural
Production Commissioner, Asom, during the Gaonloi Bolok Abhijan held at the
Bongaon ADO Circle of Boko Agricultural subdivision. This was stated in a press
release. …more…

Grain Bank Project
under wraps, goes haywire(SEX_4_1_k8)

Lamka, Dec 31: In what could be term as the most dreadful act of any
elected Government, the State Government has put its 7th September 2007, 15th
September 2007 orders under wrap as far as atleast 93 village grain banks in
five hill districts are concerned. A document in the possession of this
correspondent has notified ‘the establish-ment of Village Grain Banks in 93 hill
villages in inacce-ssible food scarce areas of the 5 (five) hill districts of
Manipur.’  …more…


Food processing
IMPHAL, Jan 19: The
Association of Food Scientists & Technologist (India), Ma-nipur Chapter in
association with DIC Bishnupur would be organising a 4-week long EDP on Food
Processing Industries for the educated unemployed youths of Bishnupur district
from February 7 to March 8 at DIC Training Hall, Bishnupur.


Entrepreneur’s light spurs women vendors’ livelihood

IMPHAL, Jan 19: In what
could be terms an entrepre-neurial influence, 52 years old Thokchom Joy, who
hails from Lairenbi Leirak Yumnam Leikai, has given vegetable vendors in
parti-cular, more than a flicker of hope by providing the accessories they
needed most but which they could not perceive of not long ago. It is none other
than the artificial lamp that is used far and wide after dusk mainly in the
market places of Im-phal to replace the cumber- some pudon. Commuters and
customers alike espe-cially office-goers after long hours of work during the day
sometimes end up with no time left for vegetable shopping in the market.


Organic farming(SEX_26_1__k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 25: An awareness programme on organic farming was
organised by the State Department of Horticulture and Soil Conservation under
the National Project on Organic Farming at Tangkhul Theological Association
premises at Hamleikhong in Ukhrul district yesterday. Former Horticulture
Director B Haridas and horticulturist S Sanjoy spoke in the awareness programme
as resource persons. Project in-charge KD Sharma also elaborated on how to
undertake organic farming in hill areas. …more


Law to
save tea quality

Norms to be in place this year (TEL_ 4_1_k8)

Jan. 3:
Aghast at the
trend of sacrificing quality in the pursuit of quantity, the Congress-led
government has decided to set quality-control norms to protect Assam Tea’s
reputation in the domestic and global markets. Industry minister Pradyut
Bordoloi told The Telegraph that the government would frame a law to
prohibit growers from producing tea of inferior quality and undoing the
reputation the state has built over the decades. Assam Tea received a
Geographical Indications certificate, equivalent to a patent, in November.

wait for a drop of water(TEL_ 5_1_k8)

1980: The
largest irrigation plan in Assam — the Champamati project — is announced. With a
budget of Rs 15 crore, the project is expected to water 24,994 hectares, be
completed by 1984 and benefit parts of Bongaigaon and Kokrajhar districts.

Champamati project has a revised budget of Rs 156 crore but has only 20 of the
120 canals that were supposed to be built 24 years ago. In the meantime, Chirang
has been carved out of Bongaigaon but the benefits of Champamati remain elusive.

brews over tea fertiliser shortage(TEL_7_1_K8)

Jan. 6:
The year 2008,
projected as a comeback year for the tea industry, started on a jarring note
with Indian Potash Limited (IPL), supplier of imported fertiliser, expressing
its inability to sell it at the rate fixed by the Tea Board. The reason cited by
the company is high cost escalation of muriate of potash (MoP), essential to the
growth of tea plant. The crisis was discussed threadbare on Friday at a meeting
attended by state officials a representative each from the Tea Board and the IPL.

aid for tea industry(TEL_10_1_k8)

Jan. 9:
The Centre will
send at least 10 railway rake-loads of muriate of potash (MoP) to Assam, after
the tea industry’s SOS to the Union commerce ministry about an acute scarcity of
fertilisers in the plantations. The muriate of potash is a vital fertiliser for
both the CTC and Orthodox varieties of tea. According to a press release by the
Indian Tea Association (ITA), the shortage of the fertiliser threatened the
production of tea in the state, particularly as the plucking season is due in
start in two months. …more…

tea growers face big trouble(TEL_10_1_k8)

Jan. 9:
They have shaken the
traditional “bada sahib mentality” of the tea industry, been tagged as a
“great social force” and “the first-generation local entrepreneurs in the tea
industry”. They also share the tables with the golf-playing big daddies of
business at conclaves and conferences. After all, they grow 35 per cent of the
state’s total tea output. But at the end of the day, it’s the word “small” that
gets magnified — when they must queue up in front of the snooty giants for
payment, be blamed for the deteriorating quality of tea and be left out of major
industry decisions. …more…


scripts success story in tomato cultivation (SEX_12_1_k8)
 IMPHAL, Jan 11: It started with sweating all day tilling hard with
just spade and other hand tools without any modern machinery. But Ahongshangbam
Gambhir is now a successful farmer reaping the fruits of his own labour. Gambhir
was earlier a grade IV electrician in Manipur Rifles. Unable to run the family
with his meagre salary, he set his eyes on fields taking a bold initiative with
a firm determination. …more…

IMPHAL, Jan 25: Under its ongoing ‘disease free animal’ project,
medical personnel of the 39 Assam Rifles conducted veterinary camps at Nilakuthi,
Mantripukhri, Khurkhul, Chingmeirong, Chingarel and Paorabi areas in the last
few days. According to a release of PRO IGAR (S) a total of 500 animals have
been treated so far.

Organic farming(SEX_26_1__k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 25: An
awareness programme on organic farming was organised by the State Department of
Horticulture and Soil Conservation under the National Project on Organic Farming
at Tangkhul Theological Association premises at Hamleikhong in Ukhrul district
yesterday. …more…

Scarcity of
fertilizers threatens tea production
GUWAHATI, Jan 8: The Indian Tea Association (ITA) has been receiving
reports since August 2007 of an acute shortage of Muriate of Potash (MoP) in the
tea gardens in Asom covering both the Brahmaputra and Barak valleys. The
non-availability of MoP was reported be severely affecting the overall manuring
programmes, which have to be followed in the tea plantations and repeated
reference to India Potash Limited (IPL) — the sole importing agency for MoP —
did not yield any results. This was stated in a press release. …more…

Jorhat dairy plant comes a cropper
 JORHAT, Jan 14: This was
a promise not delivered. The central dairy here, which operates under the Dairy
Development Department, did not revive the milk processing unit it had intended
to in 2006. There was a proposal to reactivate the plant through a generous
grant under the Centre-sponsored Integrated Dairy Development Programme.
Now with the advent of Magh Bihu festivities, the demand for milk and milk
products has risen in the district. According to official sources, the
requirement for cream goes up to 5,000 kg during the festival…more


African nations show interest in NE bamboo
Guwahati, Jan 16: African nations may be
expected to import huge quantity of bamboo products from Asom. If interest shown
by African nations in bamboo products of Asom at the just-concluded Annual
General Conference of UNIDO held at Vienna is any indication, it can only mean
that the State can make good business out of its bamboo cultivation. High-level
Government officials from countries such as South Africa and Tanzania had
visited the Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre (CBTC) stall, and expressed keen
interest in cheap alternative of wood.

urged to grow new crops
16: Farmers need to venture into new methods of farming and find out ways and
means of growing new products to match the growing demands of the market, said
additional chief secretary WMS Pariat.Addressing the closing function of the
Year of Farmers programme at the State Central Library premises here today,
Pariat said that to meet growing demands, farmers need to find out ways to grow
new and different kinds of vegetables and fruits.



28-crore New Year gift for Sukla project
bundh at Bogamati constructed

 GORESWAR, Jan 25: The Sukla irrigation
project over the Sukla river near Goreswar, which was inoperational for several
years is expected to kick start this year as Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC)
has sanctioned an amount of seven crore along with financial help from NABARD to
the tune of Rs 21 crore. This was stated by Hagrama Mohilary in an open meeting
held at Betna High School field recently. The construction work of this
irrigation project slated to be the second biggest in Asom built at the cost of
4.9 crore in 1978 was stalled due to negligence of the State Government. The
irrigation project had failed to supply water to the cultivated areas since
1992. It lacks maintenance and its 12 sub-canals are in a damaged state. Hence
more than 500 employees have been taking monthly dues without work from 1992.


Tea garden
officials assaulted, office ransacked
 JOYSAGAR, Jan 25: Three tea garden officials were injured and
property worth lakhs of rupees were damaged when angry tea garden labourers
attacked the officials and ransacked the office and factory of Doomar Dollung
Tea Estate in Sivasagar district today morning.According to reports, angry
protestors, allegedly belonging to the All Tea Tribe Students’ Association (ATTSA),
attacked the tea garden officials and ransacked tea garden property over a
long-standing dispute regarding pay-related matter. The protestors were
demanding punitive action against a Shramik Sangha leader, who has been alleged
to be involved in irregularity in payment of salaries to the tea garden
Mukul Rahman, senior manager of the tea estate and two assistants — Dilip
Choudhury and Biraj Sarma — were injured in the attack. …more…

IMPHAL, Dec 31: Continuing the campaign being launched under the
Integrated Pest Management with the main objective of increasing agricultural
produce in the State, the office of the Agriculture Officer (Chemistry),
Mantripukhri, Department of Agriculture, Government of Manipur today conducted a
yet another Seed Treatment programme at Loushipat, Kakching. The campaign was
conducted at Loushipat in Kakching where the Society for People’s Advancement is
taking up necessary steps for cultivation of Potatoes covering over an area of
10 hectares. …more…

Centre allots Rs
15 cr for seed village prog in Asom
GUWAHATI, Jan 9: The State Government is all set to implement a
massive seed village programme in the State so as to produce quality seeds along
with the participation of the farmers. This was stated by JP Meena, agricultural
production officer, Department of Agriculture, Government of Assam, while
addressing a meeting of Agriculture officers of the department at the conference
hall of the Goalpara deputy commissioner’s office yesterday. This was stated in
a press release. …more…

KAMUL milk launched
DIPHU, Jan 10: As a part of the endeavor
to usher a white revolution in the district of Karbi Anglong the much awaited
Karbi Anglong Milk Union Limited (KAMUL) 500 ltrs per day capacity milk
processing plant was formally inaugurated by Khor Sing Engti, Minister Hill Area
Development (HAD), Government of Asom, at Manja on January 9.
On the ocassion of the mega launching public meeting was attended by a large
number of dignitaries including Mongal Sing Engti, Chief Executive Member (CEM)
Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC), Tarendra Brahma, Pradip Singnar,



urged to boost cultivation in Karbi Anglong

HOWRAGHAT, Jan 11: With a view to popularize mechanized agriculture
among the farmers and to boost the rate of the crop production suiting the
seasons, an adequate initiative has been taken up by the Government in
association with the Development Blocks and Integrated Tribal Development
Projects (ITDP) in Karbi Anglong hills district. …more…

Tough time for small tea growers in Kokrajhar
 KOKRAJHAR, Dec 15: With very little avenues for Government jobs, the
educated unemployed youths of the State seem to be busy in choosing ways and
means for self-dependance. A good number of them are now concentrating on tea
plantation and farming. In Kokrajhar district is witnessing a significant number
of unemployed Bodo youths opting for tea plantation as a means of alternative
livelihood. Earlier there were only three tea gardens in Kokrajhar district. But
now around 40 small tea gardens have come up after the youths and interested
growers have chosen tea plantation for self-employment. While such plantation by
the youths for self-employment is an encouraging sign, the small tea growers
certainly need of inspiration from the tea majors and the administration.

Israel oranges
hope for Mizo farmers
AIZAWL, Jan 7: The Mizoram Assembly Subject Committee members today hoped
that high quality and disease resistant oranges of Israel could solve the
problems faced by the State’s orange cultivators. The committee members said
these while presenting their report to state Agriculture Minister H Rammawi.

Ginger brings cheer
to entrepreneur(AST_2_1_k8)

GUWAHATI, Jan 1 – Between 2003 and 2005, Pranab Mahanta of Boko
Barpara was a farmer. He used to cultivate ginger on his 5.5 hectares (about 42
bighas) of farmland. Now 33, Mahanta is an entrepreneur. He is now awaiting a
Government of India licence to enter the market on his own. A science graduate
with major in mathematics, Mahanta started his food-processing unit in 2006 with
his own money and subsequently he received financial help from the Small
Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) and the Small Farmers’
Agri-business Consortium (SFAC). Today, he has an investment of around Rs 2.70
crore in his Barpara-based Rity Food Processing Pvt Ltd. …more…

IPM team hopes to continue
success streak at Nongren (IFP_10_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 9: The IPM
(Integrated Pest Management) team Wednesday discovered a field at Nongren
village in Imphal east which will be one of the best fields for growing potatoes
in its ongoing campaign for cultivating suitable crops in the soil available.

According to the result of the soil test conducted by the IPM experts, as usual
before growing crops for detecting percentage of the nutrient content and
acidity of the soil, the team detected presence of high quantity of organic
materials and acidity in a paddy field in the village (Nongren in Lamlai area).

Move to boost orange
cultivation with German technology
GUWAHATI, Jan 1 – The Directorate of Horticulture and Food
Processing, Assam, is going to introduce water-holding granules, popularly known
as ‘raindrop’ in the orange orchards of Assam. The water holding granules, a
German technology, will help to retain water during the water scarcity or dry
seasons in the orange orchards of Assam. This was disclosed by JP Meena,
Agricultural Production Commissioner of Assam, during the Gaonloi Bolok Abhijan,
held on Sunday at Bongaon ADO circle of Boko agricultural subdivision. …more…

State joha rice to hit
Germany, UK markets(AST_3_1_k8)

GUWAHATI, Jan 2 – After securing a foothold in Switzerland market,
rice of the State will hit Germany and United Kingdom markets soon.
Sunstar Overseas Limited, a leading export group in the country will send a
consignment of around 60 tonne of organic joha rice to Germany and UK.
The group has signed a deal with the State Government today to boost export of
scented joha rice to the foreign countries. Last year it exported nearly
40 tonne of joha rice to Switzerland. …more…

Articles invited for
horticulture souvenir
GUWAHATI, Jan 2 – The organizing committee of the North East Regional
Horticultural Show 2008 has invited articles, poems, success stories related to
horticulture and other allied matters for its souvenir that would be released on
the opening day of the show. The horticultural show will start from February 10
and continue till 14 of the same month at the Assam Engineering Institute
playground at Chandmari. …more…

Programme held on ornamental
 GUWAHATI, Jan 3 – A day-long awareness programme on ornamental fish
was held at Dhumarkur area in Barpeta district recently, a press release stated.
The programme was organised by an NGO, the Society for Agricultural and
Industrial Development (SAID). It may be mentioned that some of the indigenous
fish in the State have good international demand as ornamental fish. But due to
lack of proper knowledge, most of the fishermen are selling these fish as food
fish. …more…

Involvement of rural women in
mushroom cultivation urged(AST_4_1_k8)
GOLAGHAT, Jan 3 – A mushroom cultivation training was held recently
at Banausadhi-Bagicha of Dr Gunaram Khonikar at Tetelitol, Golaghat under the
aegis of the Indian Traditional Treatment Regional Research and Training Centre,
Tetelitol where 20 women from rural areas of Golaghat district and three girl
students of DKD College Dergaon participated in both theory and practical
activity. The training on Mushroom cultivation was imparted by Indumoni Gogoi
and Arinita Saikia as the resource persons. …more…

Organic rice to be

 GUWAHATI, Jan 4 – The Agricultural and Processed Food Products
Export Development Authority (APEDA) has plans to export indigenous varieties of
rice, produced with organic farming methods in the North-eastern (NE) region of
the country to the foreign markets. Disclosing this, APEDA Regional Manager
Bidyut Baruah told this newspaper that the rice varieties like the Komal Chawl,
Bora Chawl, Bao Chawl (red rice), Joha and the black rice produced in the region
applying the organic methods had the export potential. While Manipur produces
the black rice, Assam produces the other varieties of rice named above.

Pineapple growers switch over
to agar plantation
HAFLONG, Jan 4 – The pineapple growers of Harangajao, bordering area
of the district, popular for the largest production of pineapple, have switched
over to agar plantation following the discouraging returns from the pineapple
production. Long back villagers of Harangajao started the pineapple plantation
for their livelihood and were happy with the outcome of their hard work but
without any assistance from the government. Thus Harangajao became famous for
the largest production of pineapple. But the lack of proper transportation and
market facility stood on the way, and growers lost the interest gradually. The
horticulture department, to ease the problem tried to provide transportation
facility but failed. …more…

Demonstration on farm
mechanisation at Dudhnoi
 GUWAHATI, Jan 4 – A training-cum-demonstration on farm mechanisation
for improved agriculture was organised at Guabari village, Dudhnoi on December
24 by the local Krishi Vigyan Kendra of Goalpara, a press release said. Nearly
30 farmers from Guebari, both men and women actively participated in the
programme. The need of farm menchanisation is an urgent need of the hour in
Assam since there is acute shortage of farm power. …more…

Move to promote commercial
vegetable farming in Tinsukia
 TINSUKIA, Jan 5 – In addition to the permanent urban settlers, some
other big establishments like Army, Central Reserve Police Force Railway, Digboi
Refinery, units of Oil India Ltd, Coal India, etc. Tinsukia district, remained
always a big consumer of vegetables and other eatables. Vegetables use to be
brought from other places of the State as well as outside the State to this
district as the production of the district is not sufficient to meet the
demands. …more…

Training on bamboo plantation
DERGAON, Jan 5 – A training programme on “Nursery techniques and
commercial plantation of bamboo” under the aegis of National Bamboo Mission was
held at Dergaon Veterinary Auditorium recently. The programme was sponsored by
Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre (CBTC) Guwahati and conducted by Assam Apex
Handicraft Marketing Co-operative Society Ltd. The inaugural meeting was chaired
by Gopal Krishna Khound, a social worker. …more…

Frequent bandhs hit
State tea industry(AST_8_1_k8)

GUWAHATI, Jan 7 – Though the functioning of the tea gardens of Assam
are normally not affected by the frequent bandhs and road blockades called by
different organizations to put pressure on the Government for the fulfilment of
their demands, the industry as a whole has been severely hit by such agitations
as despatches of tea gets delayed, which, in turn, affects the financial health
of the gardens. Tea Industry sources told The Assam Tribune today that
most of the gardens of the State shift tea to the warehouses based in Guwahati
every week and a few gardens resort to stock transfers to Kolkata. But with
frequent bandhs and road blockades severely affecting movement of trucks, the
gardens are unable to transport tea either to Guwahati or to Kolkata by road and
majority of the gardens do not have adequate space for storing tea in the
gardens or factories, which in turn, affects production. …more…

Plea to
repair Philobari dam
TINSUKIA, Jan 9 – A vast area measuring about 656 hectares of land known
as Greater Philobari Floor has been transformed into fertile land by diverting
the Doomdooma river at its source, a big natural water reservoir (beel) at
Namholong, 4 km from Philobari under Doomdooma police station with the help of a
dam and a drain with sluice gate way back in 1962. The dam, a small one but very
helpful to the farmers of the entire area to grow rice as well as other crops,
was said to be the first of its kind in the entire North East Region. The entire
system of irrigation also helped to control flood in the area. …more…

Training on bamboo nursery held
at Dergaon
 DERGAON, Jan 9 – A two-day training programme on ‘Nursery techniques and
commercial plantation of bamboo’ under the aegis of National Bamboo Mission was
held at the Dergaon veterinary auditorium starting December 12. The programme
was sponsored by the Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre (CBTC) Guwahati and
conducted by Assam Apex Handicraft Marketing Co-operative Society Ltd. The
inaugural meeting was chaired by Gopal Krishna Khound, a social worker.

Bakola seed farm in a shambles(AST_10_1_k8)
ITAKHOLA, Jan 9 – People of greater Naduar area of Sonitpur district
remembered the contribution of Bakola seed farm of Chaibari in Sonitpur district
during the floods this year by providing kathias to people of different
districts of the state. The farm is now run by a private party. Government of
Assam established Bakola seed farm in 1974 at Chaibari Mazgaon to facilitate
Green Revolution to the area through cultivation. To realise the dream,
government provided 100 bighas of land for the farm. …more…

Crop failure hits muga growers
 MIRZA, Jan 11 – The muga rearers have received a massive setback
following the crop failure like bhodia seed. This correspondent who interacted
with a host of muga growers of Boko and Rani areas has found the pathetic state
that they find themselves in. “The extensive crop loss has left me in complete
disarray,” 85-year-old Gajendra Raba who has been rearing muga lamented, adding
the silkworm that crippled down the food plant had been barely seen climbing up
the plant. …more…

Karchantola agricultural farm
in a spot
JAMUGURIHAT, Jan 11 – Karchantola Agriculture Farm under Naduar
anchalik panchayat (NAP) in Sonitpur district was established in 1971 for
self-employment of rural unemployed youths of the undivided Naduar anchalik
panchayat which included both Naduar and Sootea anchalik panchayats. As there
was a central scheme for such a farm, the then NAP with the initiative of its
president late Maheswar Bora established this farm on a plot of land, measuring
more than 200 bighas of grazing ground in Borbhagia mouza, Borigaon under Sootea
revenue circle (Dag No. 357/279 and 401/420), at Karchantola, at a distance of 4
kilometres from Jamugurihat centre. The land was allotted vide govt. letter No.
28/72/411 dated 1.11.1972. The farm was running smoothly for few years as land
were leased to beneficiaries @125 per annum, the beneficiaries earned from
cultivation and government revenue. …more…

Fish traders’ warning against
chalani variety
GUWAHATI, Jan 12 – The local fish traders of Uzanbazar area of
Guwahati have asked the people to beware of swindlers who might try to dupe them
with chalani fish, projecting it as local fish on Uruka. The Brihattar Uzanbazar
Scheduled Caste Unemployed Fish Traders Association has also warned of stern
steps against fish traders who cheat consumers in the name of local fish.

Organic joha rice
 GUWAHATI, Jan 12 – Coinciding with the Bihu festival, Nature First
joha rice was launched for the consumers of Assam. The rice is being distributed
by Agriquest Plantations, a company promoted by Globally Managed Services. The
rice, with two variants – Organic and Nutripicked – are procured from the
farmers of Udalguri, who traditionally cultivate using organic method. The rice
has been certified by Geneva-based SGS. …more…

Milk producers body formed(AST_17_1_k8)
DUNI, Jan 16 – In order to provide self-employment opportunities to the
rural unemployed youths of Duni-Bherua area with scientific dairy farming, a new
organisation named Kamdhenu Dugdha Utpadak Samiti was formed recently. …more…

National Bamboo Mission in
Dhubri dist demanded
 GUWAHATI, Jan 17 – Bamboo, also christened as green gold, keeping in
mind its various utilities, is found abundantly in Assam. It is used for a
multitude of purposes including construction of houses, making furniture and
making various items of daily use. Keeping in mind the versatility of this
product, the Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs (CCEA) Government of India
has started a new mission, the National Bamboo Mission. It is an ambitious
project and the CCEA has sanctioned Rs 568 crore centrally sponsored scheme (CSS).
The central Government has also offered full assistance to this mission which is
supposed to cover 1.75 lakh hectare area under bamboo plantation activities over
a period of five years. This has stated in a press release. …more…

Kamul milk launched in Karbi
Anglong district
 GUWAHATI, Jan 17 – As part of the endeavour to usher in a white
revolution in the district of Karbi Anglong, the much awaited KAMUL (Karbi Milk
Union Limited) 500 litres per day capacity milk processing plant was formally
inaugurated by Khor Sing Engti, minister i/c HAD & Vety Govt of Assam, at Manja
recently, a press release said.
On the occasion, a public meeting was held which was attended by a large number
of dignitaries including Mongal Sing Engti, CEM, KAAC, Tarendra Brahma, EM I/C
Vety, Pradip Singnar, EM, and Bhupen Hasnu, EM. …more…

Horticulture workshop held(AST_18_1_k8)
NAMCHI, Jan 17 – An awareness programme on off-season vegetable
cultivation and other horticulture activities was held at the Community Centre
in Rabong here recently.
The programme was organized by the State Horticulture and Cash Crop Development
Department. The chief guest of the programme was MLA and Minister, DD Bhutia and
the special guest was the Agriculture Minister, Somnath Poudyal. …more…

State poultry sector hit by
bird flu threat(AST_30_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 29 – Though the deadly
virus of bird flu or avian influenza is yet to hit the State, nevertheless, the
poultry industry, which is being facilitated by the numerous self-help groups (SHG)
across the State, especially in the rural areas, has started facing the heat.
Moreover, the huge burden of loans that most of these SHGs have taken to start
their business, is compounding the woes.

Training on scientific
dairy farming imparted
 GUWAHATI, Jan 29 – A three-day training
programme on ‘Technologies for increasing milk production’, involving 51 farmers
from Goalpara district was organised by the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Dudhnoi
in Goalpara district and sponsored by the School of Agriculture, IGNOU, New
Delhi with the help of IGNOU Regional Centre, here at the auditorium of the
College of Veterinary Science at Khanapara from January 19-21, a press release

Manipur bans poultry
 IMPHAL, Jan 29 – In a pre-emptive measure
to check the spread of avian influenza, Manipur Government has banned the import
of chicks, ducklings, eggs, and live birds, etc., from other states. “Testing of
poultry feed samples for any possible contamination with avian influenza virus
is felt necessary”, said an order issued recently by the State Veterinary and
Animal Husbandry director, Th Dorendra Singh.

Vegetable producers in
dire straits
 BARPETA, Jan 27 – The agrarian people of
rural Barpeta are facing serious problems due to the low price of vegetables
they produce. More than 85 per cent of population in rural areas are dependent
on agriculture. Moreover, the devastating flood during the sali season has added
to their woes. Forgetting the past as past they resorted to rabi crops but the
all-time low price this year has made their lives miserable.

Sikkim to hold int’l
flower fest

 GANGTOK, Jan 27 – Sikkim would hold an
international flower festival at Saramsa Garden from March 14 to 16.
“Representatives from about 30 countries, including Holland, New Zealand,
Thailand, Australia and Korea are likely to participate in the event,” said GP
Upadhaya, secretary of the state tourism department.

Programme on milk
 GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – A threeday training
programme on ‘Technology for Increasing Milk Production’ was organised by the
School of Agriculture of IGNOU (New Delhi) in collaboration with IGNOU Guwahati
Regional Centre and Krishi Vigyan Kendra of Dudhnoi in Goalpara at the College
of Veterinary Science at Khanapara in Guwahati from January 19 to 21, stated a
press release.

Training on horticulture(AST_29_1_k8)
 DERGAON, Jan 28 – A day-long training on
horticulture was held at Dergaon Sports Club recently. The programme was
organised by GOAL, an NGO of Dergaon, with financial assistance from Assam
Agricultural University under Technology Campaign Project with Horticulture dept
of AAU.

Jatropha cultivation
making strides in Barak Valley
 SILCHAR, Jan 22 – Jatropha plantation has
completed one year in the Barak Valley. This was announced at a press conference
organised by Di Williamson Magor Bio Fuel Ltd recently. The company declared
November, 2006 for the plantation of jatropha on 10000 hectares of land. But it
achieved its first milestone by covering 9,713 hectares. The company has decided
to build the largest expeller unit of North-east in Cachar.


Rs 80-cr
fishery projects in State(AST_24_1_k8)

 MORIGAON, Jan 23 – The State Government
has signed a Rs 80-crore memorandum of understanding with the State Bank of
India to implement some ambitious fishery projects in the state. Fishery
Minister Nur Zamal Sarkar made this announcement at a press conference during
his visit to the Jungal-Balahu Government Fishery Farm in Morigaon district.


TAI seeks sops for State
tea industry(AST_25_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 24 – The Tea Association of India (TAI) has expressed the view
that because of the recession, Indian tea has lost its competitive edge not only
in the global market but also in the domestic market and demanded a series of
concessions from the Government of Assam including exemption on cess on green
leaf to improve the financial health of the industry. In a pre-Budget memorandum
to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, the TAI pointed out that all the other tea
producing States of the country have granted exemption to the industry from
payment on cess on green leaf but the gardens of the Brahmaputra valley have to
pay cess at the rate of 32 paise per kilogram, while, the gardens of the Barak
valley have to pay at the rate of 29 paise. The TAI demanded that the Assam
Government should also grant exemption on payment on green leaf cess.


Workshop on banana
 MARIGAON, Jan 24 – A training-cum workshop on
banana cultivation was held with a two-day programme at Amolighat in Morigaon
district on January 18-19 under the auspices of the Agriculture department, Govt
of Assam. Altogether 150 cultivators from different states of North-eastern
region took part in the workshop.

Pramila’s call to set up
ICAR centre in Assam
GUWAHATI, Jan 25 – State Agriculture Minister
Pramila Rani Brahma on Wednesday pleaded for a national centre by the Indian
Council of Agriculture Research in Assam to address the problem of rain-fed
agriculture. She was addressing the 79th annual general meeting of the Indian
Council of Agricultural Research Society in New Delhi.
‘Kangla Food products
safe for health’(sex_28_1_k8)

 IMPHAL, Jan 27: All the products of the Kangla Food are safe for health
and nature friendly, claimed its proprietor Akhom Birendra. Speaking to
reporters at its factory premises at Nambol Chingmang Phoijing, conveyed that in
addition to the Assam State Public Health Laboratory report which said that
seven items of the Kangla Food products are safe for health, the Manipur
Pollution Control Board, after inspecting its oven, has also declared that the
factory is not hazardous to environment. At present, the Kangla Food is
producing 22 different items. Out of these, the most popular seven items were
sent for laboratory test, Birendra said. …more…


IMPHAL, Jan 29: A two day training programme on Scientific Pig Rearing
and Poultry Farming for Better Economy, conducted by the Department of Animal
Science, CAU, Imphal under the supervision of Prof M Dhaneswar, HoD of the
Department of Animal Science, CAU concluded today at Bamon Kampu Awang Leikai.
The programme was organised by Eastern Youth Welfare Organisation Bamon Kampu. W
Naba attended the concluding function as the chief  guest. …more…


clears two battalions to absorb ATPSF personnel(SEN_29_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 28: The long-standing
demand of the over 2,000 strong Assam Tea Plantation Security Force (ATPSF)
personnel was finally met today when the State Cabinet gave its nod to the
proposals placed by a Group of Ministers (GoM) to accord the permanent structure
to the ATPSF personnel by absorbing them as security personnel by raising two
new battalions in the name and style — Assam Tea Plantation and Industrial
Security Force (ATPISF) — on the line of the existing Assam Special Reserve
Force Battalions (ASRFB).

MSP of raw
jute gets Cabinet nod(SEN_31_1_k8)

 NEW DELHI, Jan 30: The Union Cabinet
Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the minimum support price (MSP) of
raw jute for the season 2008-09 at Rs 1,250 per quintal for Tosa Desi-5 grade of
ex-Asom jute against Rs 1,055 per quintal in 2007-08, said Union Minister of
Information and Broadcasting and Parliament Affairs Priyananjan Dasmunsi after
the Cabinet meeting. The corresponding MSP for other varieties and grades of raw
jute will be fixed by the Ministry of Textiles keeping in view the aggregate
scores assigned to different grades of jute, apart from their normal market
price differentials.

Workshop on
jhum (SEN_31_1_k8)

 SHILLONG, Jan 30: A two-day workshop on
‘Scientific Management of Jhum Areas’ was today inaugurated by the Meghalaya
Additional Chief Secretary WMS Pariat in Shillong. Speaking on the occasion,
Pariat said there was a marked decrease in jhum cultivation in the State.


fest may set platform for enhanced Indo-Myanmar trade activity (IFP_31_1_k8)

Nampong, Jan 30: The recently held Pangsau Pass
winter festival at Nampong village of Changalang district Arunachal Pradesh has
a remarkable historical significance and celebrates the true relationship
between the Burmese and the local people. The festival kicked off on January 20
with the striking of the traditional gong by DoTC chairman Phusum Kimhun and
singing of `We stand and sing for peace and unity` to send a clear message that
the people crave for peace in the insurgency affected Changlang district of
Arunachal Pradesh. …more…

Flower and horticulture
exhibition held(SEN_21_1_k8)

 TEZPUR, Jan 20: A two-day flower and
horticulture exhibition which was organized by the Tezpur Environment Society
was held at the Ananda Chandra Agarwala Park complex here. The programme was
inaugurated by a noted social worker and sister-in-law of Jyoti Prasad Agarwala.


Lemon festival concludes
in Manipur


IMPHAL, Jan 20: The winners of the fourth
district-level Kachai Lemon Festival, 2008, held at Ukhrul district, which
concluded on January 18, were announced. More than 200 stalls were displayed
their products at the Lemon Festival held under the aegis of the Kachai Fruit
Farming and Processing Cooperative Society Limited, Ukhrul district.


Big plans
for bamboo industry (TEL_23_1_k8)

Jan. 22:
The curse of militancy may have prevented Karbi
Anglong from making the best use of its blessing, but all is not lost yet. If
things go according to plan, bamboo-based industries in this hilly district will
get a new lease of life soon. The district administration, in collaboration with
the Guwahati-based Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre (CBTC), will establish
“bamboo cluster villages” where residents will cultivate and conserve cane and
bamboo in groups and make items for the global market.

Promise of
prawn bounty, on paper (TEL_24_1_k8)

Jan. 23:
A prawn culture scheme that promised to revolutionise the rural economy in this
militancy-ravaged district has become a classic example of how not to go about
implementing a project. The story of the project will be familiar to anyone who
knows how government agencies work. Like all such projects that ride on promises
and little else, this one suffered for want of “proper guidance” — a polite
allusion to blatant negligence.

Tea panel
seeks cess reprieve(TEL_25_1_k8)

Guwahati, Jan. 24:
The Tea Association of India has requested the Assam government for a total
exemption from payment of green leaf cess for three years in Barak Valley and a
substantial reduction in the rate of green leaf cess in the Brahmaputra valley.
The association had requested for the exemption to maintain parity with other
tea producing states. The association in its pre-budget memorandum to chief
minister Tarun Gogoi said the state cess on green leaf, which is 32 paise in

Valley and 29 paise in Barak Valley, were the highest among the tea-producing

Lockout in
garden after labour unrest(TEL_29_1_k8)

Guwahati, Jan. 28:
An indefinite lockout was today declared in the
Assam Company-owned Dumardolong tea estate whose functioning has been affected
by labour unrest since Friday. The management also withdrew the garden’s three
executives. Manager T. Rahman and assistant managers Vinit Choudhury and Vibhor
Sharma were injured when irate workers attacked them on Friday morning.


Tocklai to
host genome meet (TEL_31_1_k8)

Guwahati, Jan. 30:
In the first of its kind initiative in the world, the Tea Research Association,
Tocklai, has prepared a concept paper on Tea Genome Initiative to be discussed
at a meeting on Tuesday. Scientists from various tea institutes, along with
representatives of the tea industry, will participate in the meet. The purpose
of the initiative is to find out how tea bushes react to changing environmental
conditions and end problems of pests and diseases.


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