ANI Photo | Assam CM Sarma calls for ‘live-link’ between researchers and farmers

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma emphasized the need to establish a ‘live link’ between agricultural researchers and farmers, ensuring that farmers can benefit from research efforts. He made these remarks during the inauguration of the newly-constructed International Guest House at Assam Agricultural University in Khanapara, Guwahati.

During the event held at the College of Veterinary Science, CM Sarma praised the institution’s accomplishments over its more than seven decades of existence. He commended the College for producing distinguished alumni who have achieved recognition in the veterinary and allied sectors through their professional expertise.

Himanta Biswa Sarma also acknowledged the collective efforts of everyone associated with the College of Veterinary Science, Khanapara, for their continuous dedication to raising academic and research standards in the field of veterinary science. He highlighted the collaborative nature of the College, mentioning its close ties with other veterinary learning institutions across the nation. Sarma noted that research conducted at the College has the potential to significantly benefit poultry farmers in the state.

The Chief Minister underlined the importance of addressing the growing demand for milk and emphasized the need for a 7% year-on-year growth in milk production to meet the country’s requirements by 2030. He expressed Assam’s potential for advancement in this sector. Furthermore, he identified the need to build an ecosystem that fosters growth in egg and meat production, acknowledging that Assam is not yet self-sufficient in meeting its demand for these products.

Sarma compared the agricultural progress in Assam and the northeastern region to other states like Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, stating that there is untapped potential. He advocated for the creation of an entrepreneurial ecosystem to encourage growth and competition. Sarma encouraged agricultural and veterinary science students to focus on becoming creators of job opportunities rather than job seekers.

The event was attended by Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying, Parshottam Rupala. CM Sarma was the Chief Guest at the closing ceremony of the Platinum Jubilee Celebration of the College of Veterinary Science, Khanapara in Guwahati.

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