The Assam Agriculture University will carry out a survey on the status of rural primary markets (RPMs) in Assam to understand their functioning and infrastructural facilities besides conducting another survey to find out the per capita income of farmers so that appropriate strategies can be framed for doubling farmers’ income.

During the visit of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture on April 18-19, the committee had advised the state government to conduct the surveys.

Acting on the proposal, vice chairman at State Innovation and Transformation Aayog (SITA), Dipok Kr Barthakur and vice chancellor Assam Agriculture University (AAU), Jorhat decided that the AAU with its vast experiences and expertise in the field will carry out the surveys.

Once the surveys are completed, the state government will have an exhaustive and reliable database to chalk out development strategies and work-plan to deal with the adversaries and other hindrances normally faced in implementation of ambitious schemes and projects taken up by state government in general and agriculture and allied departments in particular. The surveys are expected to cover all the major issues faced by the farmers – floods and dry spells, primitive methods and implementation, rapid deforestation and soil erosion, inadequacy of irrigation facilities, low crop intensity, problem of storage and marketing of agricultural products.

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