The District agriculture department on Sunday ceremonially started the distribution of free sali paddy saplings among the flood-hit farmers in the district.
The distribution programme was ceremonially inaugurated by the local MLA Rupak Sarma here at Nagaon Dakorghat village. During the programme, the concerned department distributed free sali paddy saplings among 14 flood hit farmers of the village just for the first phase and the rest of the flood hit farmers of Kampur, Nagaon and Raha revenue circles respectively will receive the saplings in the next phases of the distribution programmes, a release added.
District agriculture officer Tarun Hazarika; sub divisional agriculture officer, Nagaon, Ranjan Kumar Deka; district coordinator to Assam Project on Agri-business and Rural Transmission, Pankaj Hazarika were present in the programme.
It is noteworthy to be mentioned here that just within a month, two recent waves of flood submerged over 1900 hectares of farmland under Kampur, Nagaon and Raha revenue circles in the district and destroyed all crops and vegetables of the larger areas.
The district agriculture department led by district agriculture officer Tarun Hazarika initiated various steps to fulfill the requirement as well as aspirations of the flood ravaged farmers of the district for cultivating of sali paddy at the flood ravaged areas of the district right after the flood. Besides, the department also made all the arrangements to nurture sali paddy like Bahadur Sub 1 and Bina 10 specific species of Sali paddy in 18 community nurseries over 90 hectares of land for free distribution of saplings among the flood hit farmers of the district, the release added further.