Addressing the 21st convocation of Assam Agricultural University in Jorhat today, Prof. Mukhi said that Assam’s economy is mainly agrarian and to improve the overall agricultural development in the state the agricultural students should take a proactive role. He also said that for the overall agricultural development in the state shifting of focus from rice centric to rice based multi-cropping system needs to be practiced extensively. He also advocated for extension of research activities for skill up-gradation of the farmers.
Prof. Mukhi while complementing the enviable growth rate registered by the University in the spheres like teaching, research, extension services, infrastructure and human resource development said that Assam Agricultural University should take the interests in transferring fruits of the development to benefit the farming community of the state which is 68 per cent of its total population.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal while speaking on the occasion appealed to the graduates and research scholars to work dedicatedly to lend capacity augmentation of the agriculture sector of the state. He also said that there must be synergy between agriculturists and agriculture scientists to bring about revolutionary changes in agriculture. He also exhorted that there must be frequent and closed interactions between the farmers and agricultural scientists to empower the farming community of the state and enable them to face all challenges and bring about paradigm shift in agriculture. He also said that Assam Agricultural University should take the role of precursor in unleashing a bright future for the farmers of the state.
It may be noted that altogether 1427 graduates, post-graduates and research scholars were given degree of commendation in the convocation. Doctor of Science degree (Honoris Causa) was given to Dr. Panjab Singh, President, National Academy of Agricultural Science and Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research and Dhruba Sarma, noted agripreneur on the occasion. Agriculture Minister Atul Bora and Jorhat MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa along with other dignitaries were present on the occasion.