Tripura: Previous Left Front Government Betrayed Farmers For The Past 25 Years, Says Minister Sushanta Chowdhury

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Abhijit Nath, NET Correspondent, Tripura

Agartala, December 11, 2023: Tripura’s Food minister Sushanta Chowdhury on Monday asserted that the erstwhile Left Front government had betrayed the farmers for the past 25 years whereas the present administration led by BJP government is unwavering in its commitment to foster modern agricultural infrastructure in every agricultural subdivision.

Chowdhury on Monday unveil the immense strides taken by the BJP-led government in revolutionizing the agricultural landscape of Tripura at Bairagi Bazar Nat Mandir area under Sonamura subdivision in Sepahijala district.

A pivotal moment in this agricultural renaissance is the initiation of the paddy procurement program for the current Kharif season. In a joint initiative by the Department of Food Public Procurement and Consumer Affairs and the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, the purchase of paddy has commenced at 49 locations across the state at a minimum support price of Rs 2183 per quintal.

The minister was exuberant as he shared, “The enthusiasm among farmers has soared, leading to increased yields. Since the implementation of the Minimum Support Price (MSP) paddy procurement program, hundreds of thousands of farmers in Tripura have reaped the benefits. Despite the financial strain on the state government, our farmers are flourishing economically.”

Taking a swipe at the previous administration, Chowdhury remarked, “In the past, there was no provision for purchasing paddy through MSP in Tripura, leaving farmers deprived. The BJP government is now committed to rectifying this historical injustice by developing modern agricultural infrastructure in every agricultural subdivision, enabling farmers to enhance their income.”

The government’s proactive measures extend beyond MSP, encompassing the provision of modern machinery, fertilizers, and seeds to farmers. Krishak Bandhu Kendra and Krishak Gyan Arjan Kendra are being established in every agricultural subdivision to offer expert guidance to farmers. Furthermore, mechanisms are being implemented to ensure fair pricing for agricultural produce.

Minister Chowdhury revealed an ambitious target, stating, “This year, the state government aims to procure 50,000 metric tons of paddy from farmers. With our concerted efforts, I am optimistic that we will successfully achieve this milestone, marking a transformative chapter in Tripura’s agricultural legacy.”

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