26 - 05 - 2019

State agrarian production to be doubled in 2022

Agartala, March 9,2019:  Pranajit Singha Roy, minister holding the portfolio of agriculture, transport  and  tourism today highlighted the achievements of his departments in last one year.

Addressing a press conference today at secretariat minister said   from March 9, 2018 to March 8, 2019  major achievements in agriculture was  procurement of paddy at  MSP ( Minimum Support Price), declaration of pineapple as state fruit  and its marketing in domestic and aboard, distribution of soil health card,  introduction of crop insurance, giving crop loans etc.  He informed under Kishan Samman Niddhi project 1,54,838 farmers were included. Under the scheme Rs 2000 had already been disbursed among 60,100 farmers.

The minister also informed, various department  of agriculture is working to double the state agrarian products by 2022 as directed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Speaking about  achievement of tourism department, the minister said  previous government did  nothing for development of tourism in the state. From 2007 to 2011 -12 financial year the previous government returned back Rs 22.91 crore failing to utilize the  money. Besides various initiatives was taken for development of Neer Mahal, Agartala check post, Chouthakhala Maitra Park etc. Two visa office was also started in Bangladesh Brahman Bari and  Comilla by central government. This will help Bangladesh tourists to visit the state and will increase the foot falls. For development of temples in the state a project of Rs 46.49 crore was send to centre.

The minister speaking about transport department  said the government took initiatives for making the department people friendly. For goods transportation steps taken to connect Gomati river with Meghna river of   Bangladesh. Very soon joint technical team will be visiting the state. Last   financial year revenue collected by transport department is Rs 69.67 crore.