Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb today said 2000 hectares land has been certified in Tripura for organic farming.
“The state government identified 9000 hectares land for certification of organic farming and 2000 hectares land has already been certified.
The organic crops to be produced in such certified lands can be sold in international markets. In case of organic farming, the production will be less but the farmers will be benefited,” the Chief Minister said.
He was addressing Gomati district-level Kisan Mela and Exhibition organized by Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare department at District Institute of Education and Training (DIET), Kakraban on Monday.
The state government is planning to purchase 3 lakh MT paddy in next few years so that the farmers get more benefits, he said adding that the farmers in Tripura are seeing profits since FCI started purchasing paddy directly from them at MSP– now, the farmers don’t need to go to any middle man.
“As of now 2.21 lakh farmers have sold paddy through FCI and an amount of Rs. 137.65 crore has been credited to the accounts of farmers directly. Now, the farmers are receiving the price within three days,” the Chief Minister said, adding as many as 3817 farmers of Kakraban received benefits of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana.
Addressing the people of Kakraban, the Chief Minister said the state government is working to strengthen the rural healthcare system. He said the Kakraban block is completely free anaemia.
“The existing Primary Health Centre (PHC) at Kakraban is being upgraded to Community Health Centre (CHC). The new building, which is under construction now, will be completed by May, 2020. Besides, twelve staff quarters are also under construction,” he said.
He continued, “a 10-beded PHC along with 10 quarters is being set up at Mirja and a G+1 a market shed is under construction at Kakraban. The works will be completed by May this year.”