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Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat, Assam


Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat, Assam
Assam, India
Pin Code : 785013

Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat Assam is a University recognised by UGC.
Assam Agricultural University is situated in Jorhat of Assam state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Fax # of Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat Assam is 0376-320919, 2340001.

email ID(s) is Assam Agricultural University Jorhat Assam

Website of Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat Assam is www.aau.ac.in.

Chancellor : 0376 2340001/13(O) 3340350(R).
Registrar : 0376 3340008.

Contact Details of Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat Assam are : Telephone: +91-376-320965, 3340008


Assam Agricultural University, College of Home Science
Assam Agricultural University, College of Agriculture runs BSc (Agri), MSc (Agri) courses.

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The University
The seeds of agricultural research in the state of Assam were sown way back in 1923 with the establishment of two Rice Research Stations, one at Titabor in Brahmaputra valley and the other at Karimganj in Barak valley. After the establishment of the University with its headquarters at Jorhat, these two research stations alongwith two others in Shillongani, Nagaon and Kahikuchi, Guwahati were incorporated into the university set-up.

Assam Agricultural College at Jorhat and Assam Veterinary College at Khanapara, Guwahati came into existence in 1948 as a result of exemplary willpower and dedication to service of Bharat Ratna Late Gopinath Bordoloi, the first chief minister of Assam. The Assam Agricultural College started to serve the people of the state under the able leadership of Late Rev. B.M. Pugh, the first Principal.

Assam Agricultural University, which is the first institution of its kind in the whole of North-Eastern Region of India and was established on April 1, 1969 by an Act called 'The Assam Agricultural University Act, 1968' with its headquarters at Jorhat. The base of this new institution comprised the erstwhile Assam Agricultural College at Jorhat and the Assam Veterinary College at Khanapara, Guwahati.

The College of Agriculture (CA), Jorhat had its origin in the erstwhile Assam Agricultural College. The foundation of the College was laid at Borbheta, 5 km towards south of Jorhat town on August 16, 1948 by the then Governor of Assam, Late Akbar Hyderi, to impart education in agriculture and allied branches of learning. Late Rev. B. M. Pugh was appointed as the first Principal of the College. Thirty students were enrolled in the first batch for a four-year degree programme leading to B.Sc. (Agri) degree. Dr. M. C. Das took over as the Principal in 1949 and served the institution for long 17 years till 1966. It was during this period that the institution gained momentum to become a full-fledged agricultural college. The development of infrastructure in the College started during the second Five- year plan period with construction of students' hostels and residential buildings for staff members, which was completed in 1954. During the first five years of its existence, the College was affiliated to the Gauhati University (GU). With the establishment of Dibrugarh University (DU), the affiliation was shifted to it, till the establishment of the Assam Agricultural University (AAU) in 1969.

The College of Veterinary Science was established in 1948 at Nagaon as the erstwhile Assam Veterinary College. The Assam Veterinary College offered 3-year graduate course in Veterinary Science (GVSc). The number of students admitted in the first batch was 33. In 1950, the College was shifted to the premises of the Directorate of Veterinary Services, Govt. of Assam, at Chenikuthi, Guwahati and GVSc diploma course was extended to four years duration. ICAR's model syllabus of 4-Year Bachelor of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry degree programme was adopted under the affiliation of Gauhati University in the year 1951 while concurrently continuing admission to GVSc course. In 1960, the Assam Veterinary College was shifted from Chenikuthi, Guwahati, to its permanent site at Khanapara, Guwahati and the duration of BVSc & AH degree programme was increased to 5-Years with increase in the intake capacity from 33 to 65. Eligibility of admission to the BVSc & AH degree programme was also raised to the level of Intermediate in Science. Some other milestones in the growth of the institution are - a) GVSc course was withdrawn in 1963; b) creation of Faculty of Veterinary Science under Gauhati University in 1964; c) establishment of Assam Agricultural University (AAU) on April 1, 1969 and transfer of Assam Veterinary College, along with its physical facilities and manpower to AAU and its renaming as the College of Veterinary Science with the mandates of Teaching, Research and Extension.

The Assam Agricultural University was established in 1969 under the Assam Agricultural University Act l968 (Assam Act XXIV of l968) vide Governor's notification LJL l8/67/l0 dated the 2nd January l969. The objectives of the University are:

* making provision for imparting education to the people in agriculture and other allied branches of learning

* furthering the advancement of learning and prosecution of research in agriculture and other allied sciences

* undertaking the extension of such sciences specially to the rural people of the state

The jurisdiction of the University extends to the entire State of Assam with regard to teaching, research and extension education in the field of agriculture and allied sciences.

The Campus
The University has a number of campuses with its head quarter located at Borbheta at a distance of about 5 km from both bus station and railway station and 2 km from airport of the Jorhat. The city can be reached easily from Guwahati, the capital of Assam, by air/bus/train. The latitude, longitude and altitude of Jorhat are 26°44´N, 94°l0´E and 9l m above mean sea level respectively.

The Climate
The climate of the state is pleasant for most part of the year. The winter lasts for about four months viz., from October to February. Though summer starts from March and April, the weather is quite pleasant. There is heavy rainfall during month of July and August.


The University has the following four faculties for simultaneous development in the areas of agricultural science, veterinary science, home science and fisheries science.

* Faculty of Agriculture

* Faculty of Veterinary Science

* Faculty of Home Science

* Faculty of Fisheries Science

Each faculty is headed by a Dean. The Deans are the chairpersons of the respective Board of Studies of the faculties which monitor the overall academic activities concerning the faculties.

Traditional system of teaching and evaluation was followed in the erstwhile Assam Agricultural College, Jorhat and the Assam Veterinary College, Khanapara until the Assam Agricultural University was established in 1969. After establishment of the university, the trimester system of teaching and internal evaluation in the pattern of Land Grant Colleges of the USA was introduced. However, it was felt that the trimester system was not functioning effectively in our condition and therefore, in 1977, the semester system was started in all the faculties and is being continued till date.


The statement made in this information booklet and all other information contained herein are believed to be correct at the time of publication. However, the University authority reserves the right to make any time without prior notice changes in and addition to Academic Regulations and any other information statements contained in this booklet. The students seeking admission to the University shall be governed by the Regulations on Academic Matters 2008 (Amended) with such amendments as may be made from time to time. No responsibility will be accepted by the University for the hardship and/or expenses encountered by students or any other person(s) for such changes, addition etc. no matter how they are caused.


Regular students are required to stay in hostels provided by the University unless permitted otherwise by the concerned authority. Students are admitted to hostels upon payment of hostel dues (Ref. Section No. 22) at the time of admission to each semester. The hostels are provided with the basic amenities. A student may require a minimum of Rs.800.00 p.m. to meet the expenses on food.

Students are to maintain perfect discipline and proper atmosphere of studies in the hostel. Violation of hostel rules will be strictly dealt with according to the regulation of student's discipline framed by the University.


The System
The course credit system with internal assessment is followed in the University for both under-graduate and post-graduate programmes. The medium of instruction in both the programmes is English.

Academic Terms
The academic year of the University is from August to July. The academic year consists of two terms of 22 weeks each. Each term is called "Semester". There is a break of few days between two consecutive semesters.

During a semester, the students register themselves for a number of courses. A "course" is a unit of instruction of a subject matter under any discipline carrying a specific number of "Credit Hour(s)".

Credit Hours
'Credit Hours� signify the quantum of work done corresponding to 1 hour of theory class or 2-3 hours of laboratory/field practical every week during a semester in respect of a particular course.

A student is to maintain a minimum of 75 per cent attendance separately for theory and practical in each course, failing which he/she is debarred from appearing in the End term examination.

There are two examinations in a semester, viz., Mid term examination and End term examination. Mid term examination is conducted in the middle of the semester.whereas the end term and practical examinations are held at the end of the semester. A student registering for a course must sit for the Mid term examination in that course to be eligible for appearing in the End term examination. Besides a student has to appear in quizes/tests and carryout field/laboratory/library/clinical assignments throughout the semester.
In case of B.V. Sc. & A.H. degree programme there is a system of annual composite examination at the end of each academic year culminating the end of professional programme, beginning with first professional. The answer script of the annual examination shall be examined by the external examiner.

The performance of a student in the examinations is finally calculated on the basis of "Cumulative Grade Point Average" (CGPA), as detailed in Regulations on Academic Matters.


The university has two Directorates of Research, viz., Directorate of Research (Agri) and Directorate of Research (Vety.), with their head quarters at Jorhat and Khanapara respectively. The Directorate of Research (Agri.) coordinates and administers the research activities in agriculture and home science, while Directorate of Research (Vety) looks after the research works in veterinary and fisheries.

The research is carried out on all the important agricultural commodities, natural resources and problems connected with their development to meet the diverse needs of the farming community of the state. For conducting need based, situation specific and problem oriented research, the state has been delineated into six agro-climatic zones with one Regional Agricultural Research Station (RARS) dedicated to conduct and coordinate the research activities for each of the zones. Moreover, for commodities of significant importance in the state, there are six commodity research stations as well. The research is undertaken by the zonal and commodity research stations as well as different departments in the constituent colleges. Each of the research stations has fairly good acreage of land for research and production activities.

Agricultural Research
The research strategy of the University have been to develop economically viable and ecologically sustainable crop production technologies which can be conveniently adopted by the farmers. To carry out location specific and need-based research works, AAU has six Regional Research Stations and three Crops Research Stations in addition to research undertaken at AAU Head Quarter, Jorhat and Biswanath College of Agriculture, Sonitpur. The university has given necessary research support to develop environmentally sound and economically feasible technologies of different field and horticultural crops. Presently, technology generation efforts are focussed mainly to varietal identification/development of major crops suitable to different agro-ecological situations, development of production technologies for field and horticultural crops, aromatic and medicinal plants, soil and water management, cropping and farming system, integrated nutrient management, integrated pest management, integrated crop-fish-livestock farming, post-harvest technology, biotechnology, testing of agricultural tools and equipments, development of agro-forestry, farm forestry, sericulture, bee keeping etc.

Central Library

The two libraries of erstwhile Assam Agricultural college, Jorhat and Assam Veterinary college, Khanapara, Guwahati were used as the springboard for shaping up the Assam Agricultural University Library when the University was established in April, 1969.Obviously, the history of Assam Agricultural University Library lies embeded in the history of these two libraries only.

Now the network of Assam Agricultural University library has widened considerably with the addition of more collages , research stations etc. and all the libraries under the network provide excellent aminities to the users. The University Central Library is located at Jorhat which caters to the needs of the students, teachers and scientists of the faculty of Agriculture and Home Science. In addition, the libraries at other college campuses and research stations such as, Biswanath Chariali, Roha and North - Lakhimpur are also growing satisfactorily.

The University Central Library is housed in a building of 2500sq . m. in size. The Library provides the services like lending , reference and displaying of reading materials as well a lending of books from Text Book Bank besides having facilities of Documentation, reprography etc.

* Students

* Teachers

* Others

Training And Placement Cell

The Training and Placement Cell is an essential component of the Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat catering to the needs of its students for their career development. The cell organizes training programmes on Personality Development, Communication Skills, Leadership and such other areas. The cell facilitates Campus interviews and placement in various government and non government organizations. Large number of the graduate and post graduate students of this university have been placed in different organizations involved in Research and Development, Business, Banking areas in agriculture, College of Veterinary Science, College of Fishery Science and College of Home science and all of them have undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

All the students of the constituent colleges are in the preview of this cell.

Profile of University

The Assam Agricultural University, popularly known as AAU, was established under the Assam Agricultural University Act XXIV in the year 1969 in Jorhat. From the beginning, the university believed in making provisions for imparting education to the people in agriculture and other allied branches of learning, furthering the advancement of learning and prosecution of research in agriculture and other allied sciences and undertaking the extension of such sciences specially to the rural people of the state of Assam.

The Assam Agricultural University has several campus with it's headquarter located at Borbheta, an outskirt of Jorhat, but not far away from both railway station and bus station and also from airport.

Today, the University has its jurisdiction over the entire State of Assam with regard to teaching, research and extension education in the field of agriculture and allied sciences.

Assam Agricultural University is the only University in the world which offers Comprehensive four year degree program in Agriculture with specialization in Tea husbandry and Technology (THT). The University fulfills the agriculture education needs of the people of Assam.

Assam Agricultural University

Address : Jorhat - 785 013 Assam

E-mail : vc@aau.ren.nic.in/glkaul.@aau.ren.nic.in

Web : www.aau.ac.in

Vice Chancellor : Tel: 0376 2340001/13(O) 3340350(R)

Registrar : Tel: 0376 3340008(O)

Fax: 2340001


Assam Agricultural University is a state university recognized by the University Grant Commission, UGC. Established in 1969, it is a member of The Association of Indian Universities (AIU). Formation of this university was for extending the advancement of learning and conduct research in agriculture and other allied sciences.

Assam Agricultural University (AAU) was established in 1969 under the Assam Agricultural University Act l968. Objective of the University is to impart education to the people in agriculture and other allied branches of learning. Located at Jorhat in Assam, AAU is a public university and affiliated to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). Jurisdiction of the University extends to the entire State of Assam with regard to teaching, research and extension education in the field of agriculture and allied sciences.

Educational Streams

There are a number of courses in various disciplines of eight semesters extending minimum four years including rural agricultural work experience program (RAWEP). BV Science & Animal Husbandry program is of 10 semesters (Minimum 5 years including Internship), B F Science of eight semesters (minimum 4 years) and B Science (H Science) is of eight semesters (minimum 4 years including RAWEP).

Specialized Course is available in Tea Husbandry & Technology both in B Sc (Agri) degree program (as one of the elective subjects) and in the M Sc (Agri) degree program so as to provide professionally trained and technically qualified personnel to man the various positions in the tea industry and its related organization. The courses cover three broad areas of study in Tea Husbandry, Tea process Engineering and Economics and General Administration (including Tea Trade and Legal Matters).

M Sc (Agri) is of four semesters (Minimum 2 years) and M Sc (Sericulture) is completed upto four semesters (Minimum 2 years). The module of MV Sc program is of four year semesters (Minimum 2 years). M Sc (H Sc) is completed in four semesters (Minimum 2 years).

Ph D courses in Agriculture/ Veterinary Science/ Home Science are of six semesters (minimum 3 years).

There are two extensive libraries under Assam Agricultural University. The network of Assam Agricultural University library has widened considerably with the addition of more colleges, research stations etc. The students can have their snacks and lunch at the canteen.


* Agricultural Economics & Farm management
* Agricultural Meteorology
* Agricultural Statistics
* Agricultural Engineering
* Agronomy
* Animal Husbandry & Dairying
* Biochemistry & Agricultural Chemistry
* Crop Physiology
* Entomology
* Extension Education
* Horticulture
* Nematology
* Plant Breeding & Genetics
* Plant Pathology
* Soil Science
* Tea Husbandry & Technology
* Veterinary Science
* Animal Genetics & Breeding
* Animal Nutrition
* Animal Production & Management
* Extension Education (Veterinary)
* Veterinary Anatomy & Histology
* Veterinary Gynecology
* Veterinary Medicine, Public Health & Hygiene
* Veterinary Microbiology
* Veterinary Parasitology
* Veterinary Pathology
* Veterinary Pharmacology & Toxicology
* Veterinary Physiology
* Veterinary Surgery & Radiology
* Poultry Science

Home Science
* Child Development & Family relations
* Clothing & Textiles
* Extension Education
* Food & Nutrition
* Family resource management

Fisheries Science
* Aquaculture
* Fish Biology
* Hydrography
* Fish Technology & Engineering
* Fish Extension Education
* Fish Economics & Management

Seminar on climate change ends

GUWAHATI, May 25 – The two-day seminar on Climate Change: Issues and Opportunities, organised by the North East Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NECCI) at Institution of Engineers building, concluded on Saturday, informs a press release.

On the opening day, Dilip Sarkar, special guest, inaugurated the programme. The welcome address was given by DK Sarma, executive president of NECCI. The keynote address was offered by Dr SS Baghel, Vice-Chancellor of Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat.

Renowned personalities like Subir Nathak, MD and International Consultant, Sustainable Energy, Market Dynamics Pvt Ltd, Kolkata, Professor KK Boruah, Head of Department, Environmental Science, Tezpur University and Dr BK Tiwari, Dean, School of Human and Environmental Sciences, NEHU, participated on the theme Climate Change: Scope, Relevance and Impact in the Indian Context with Special Reference to Northeast.

Dr KK Nath, HoD of Agro Meteorology, Assam Agricultural University, gave a special presentation on climate variability and probable impact on agriculture in Assam. The second session of the seminar dwelt on Climate Change and Sustainable Development with special reference to North East and was participated by BP Boruah, Scientist and Head, Coal, North East Institute of Science and Technology, Jorhat, and H Pathak, Director, Regional MeteorologicalDepartment.

The third session of the seminar focused on the theme Energy for sustainable development with a presentation by Abhijit Chatterjee, Senior Advisor, Clean Energy and CDM, Market Dynamics Pvt Ltd,Kolkata and Dr M C Kalita, HOD of Bio Technology Department, Gauhati University.

The second day seminar started with a presentation on the topic Climate change and food crisis by Dr AK Gogoi of IIT, Guwahati and Devojit Bhuyan, Secretary General, NECCI.

Prof H Sarma, HOD, Environmental Sciences, Gauhati University, Dr S Boruah, State Coordinator, WWF-India and Dr Partha J Das from Aaranyak spoke on the various aspects of climate change and global warming.

The seminar concluded with a presentation by officials from the Power Finance Corporation Limited and a question-answer session.

College of Agriculture annual meet at Jorhat

GUWAHATI, Jan 1 – The four-day annual meet of the College of Agriculture organised by the AAU Students Society at the Assam Agricultural Universitys Jorhat campus concluded recently, a press release said.

The vice chancellor of AAU, Dr BC Bhowmick, who attended the function as chief guest took the guard of honour at the march past. Dr LK Hazarika, dean, Faculty of Agriculture formally declared the meet open. A minutes silence was observed during the inaugural ceremony in memory of the victims of terrorist violence at Mumbai andAssam.

NSS volunteers Arup Gohain and Neethi Baruah along with the college football team were felicitated on the occasion for bringing laurels to the AAU. During the four-day talent hunt, the students participated in various events starting from field and track, debating, study circle to indoor games.

Bokato Asami and Sofia Yanglem of second year were declared best athletes of the year, while Kumar Saurabh and Vijay Kumar own the best debating team award. The play titled, Unmador Deshot directed by Dinku Bora won the best play award and Bidyut Bikash Bora and Rinumoni Buragohain were adjudged best actor and best actress respectively. N Nonglen bagged the Mr Agrian title, while Rajib Das clinched the Strongman award.

On the final day of the college meet, the students took part in a cultural procession attired in their traditional best. Rangoli-making, tug-off-war, wall magazine and cooking drew maximum attention of the students, followed by modelling and body-building. An exhibitionfootball match between the Students Society XI and Deans XI saw the latter win 2-1.

Director of research Dr NN Sharma lighted the ceremonial lamp during the cultural function, where prizes were presented to the winners of different events. Ankur Sharma of Jorhat attended the cultural night as guest artiste. At the end of a tough contest, Hostel No 12 wrested the title of Best Hostel from Hostel No 8 after beating the latter by just one point.

The outgoing fourth year batch was adjudged Best Year during the annual college meet, the release added.

Training on goat management

GUWAHATI, Nov 9 – A three-day training programme on Scientific management of goats for the youths of Nagaland was organised by the Goat Research Station, Assam Agricultural University (AAU), Burnihat recently, stated a press release.

The training programme was sponsored by Better Life Foundation an NGO of Nagaland, Dr A Saleque, principal scientist of the station acted as the course director of the programme and was assisted by Dr T Gogoi, senior scientist, Dr Rumi Sarma Gogoi, research associate and Dr Pragyan Kakoty, senior research fellow. The training was inaugurated by Dr A Chakraborty, Director of Research (Vety),Assam Agricultural University, Khanapara.

He stressed on developing goat farms with proper scientific managemental conditions like breeding, feeding and disease control. During the course of the trainingprogramme , various aspects on sustainable goat farming, integrated farming system, management, reproduction, feeding and common diseases of goats were discussed by Dr RN Goswami, Dean, Dr M Das, Associate Director, Extension Education and Dr Nagen Baishya, Prof and Head, Dr RK Biswas, Professor and Dr S Sinha, Associate Professor of the Gynaecology department, College of Veterinary Science, AAU, Khanapara respectively.

The trainees were also given first hand knowledge with practical demonstration on semen collection, processing and preservation as well as artificial insemination on goat in the abovedepartment . The valedictory function was held under the chairmanship of Dr BN Bhattacharyya, Deputy Director of Research (Vety), AAU, Khanapara where certificates were distributed, the release added.

Maniram Dewan remembered

GUWAHATI, April 27 – The 204th birth anniversary of freedom fighter Maniram Dewan was celebrated by the Maniram Dewan Memorial Trust at Satyanath Bora Hall near Dighalipukhuri in a befitting manner today.

The freedom fighter and first tea planter of the State was fondly remembered by the gathering and different speakers in their deliberations, asked the younger generation to embrace his ideology and work towards the development of the State.

An essay competition was also organised among college students on the occasion, on the topic – Tea Planter Maniram Dewan.

The meeting was presided over by DN Chakrabarty.

Dr Aniruddha Deka, retired professor the Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat, gave a lecture on tea with reference to the Assam tea and the role of Maniram Dewan in popularizing tea plantation in Assam, said Advocate AA Mir, a member of the memorial trust.

Lakhimpur dist remains backward even after 38 years of formation

NORTH LAKHIMPUR, Oct 5 – Lakhimpur district completed 38 years of its existence on October 2. But this long tenure has proved to be a tale of total failure and unfinished development works, feel the concerned citizens here indistrict headquarters North Lakhimpur.

Lakhimpur with North Lakhimpur as its district headquarters was bifurcated from the erstwhile Lakhimpur district, whose headquarters was in Dibrugarh, on October 2, 1972 as a separate district and was officially inaugurated by then Assam Chief Minister Mahendra Mohan Chawdhury with Arif Ali as its first Deputy Commissioner. But even after almost forty years, this frontier district of Assam has remained in a state of neglect with least developmental works and now coupled with many modern day menaces like unplanned urbanisation, natural disasters and ecological fallouts causing its inhabitants to suffer. In 1984, when Chief Minister late Hiteswar Saikia inaugurated the new administrative building of Deputy Commissioners office in North Lakhimpur, the lion man of Lakhimpur, late Lekhan Lahan submitted a memorandum demanding a radio centre, one technical institute, bridge over the Brahmaputra connecting North Lakhimpur with Majuli and Jorhat, a medical college and broad gauge conversion of railway tracks up to Murkongshelek.

However after his tragic assassination by terrorists in 1990 the developmental projects envisioned by him were abandoned by his followers. Similarly the Member of Parliament from Lakhimpur from 1986-91, late Gakul Saikia also got sanctioned construction of bridges connecting Lakhimpur with Majuli. But his untimely death saw the development work remaining undone. The second Veterinary College under AAU established in Azad, North Lakhimpur in 1986 is now on the brink of closure after successfully running for several sessions. The Low Power TV Transmission centre in North Lakhimpur has been showing a token presence for more than a decade with no sign of any improvement.

The proposed ITI in Maidamiya, North Lakhimpur whose foundation stone was laid by Chief Minister, Prafulla Mahanta in 1989 has no existence today. The Kendirya Vidyalaya which was started from 2003 in North Lakhimpur is also facing the threat of closure due to the non-allotment of land by thedistrict authorities. Only the Leelabari airport is functioning normally with regular flights from Guwahati. However flights to Dibrugarh and Jorhat from Leelabari are still not operated despite huge local demand.

For almost four decades since its districthood, Lakhimpur is now devoid of its good motorable roads connecting Kamalabari inland water port and sub-divisional headquarters Dhakuakhana. The DK Road which connects Dhakuakhana with North Lakhimpur in 30 km is not usable since a long period. Except the NH-52 which passes through North Lakhimpur town all other PWD roads of the district are in wretched condition. Most significantly the NH-52 which was breached by the Ranganadi floods of 2008 is yet to be repaired with slow progress of works on the construction of an RCC road there.

The bridge over Ranganadi, the only one that connects North Lakhimpur, Dhemaji and parts of Arunachal Pradesh with rest of the country has been lying in damaged condition caused by the floods this August. Similarly there is no sign of any work of gauge conversion of the railwaytracks of NF Railways Rangiya-Murkongshelek route in North Lakhimpur district . This has deprived the people of Lakhimpur and Dhemaji (bifurcated from Lakhimpur in 1987) of a direct railway service with Guwahati like Inter-City Express or Jana Satabdi Express.

The drinking water facility in Tyagkshetra and Chaparigaon are also functioning very poorly with leakages in underground water pipes in CD Road area of North Lakhimpur which causes regular flooding in the morning time. The shifting of the zonal office of BSNL from North Lakhimpur to Tezpur, incomplete work on the outdoor and indoor stadiums and district treasury office of North Lakhimpur and the lack of a National Highway by-pass in North Lakhimpur are some of the major lacunas identified by local citizens in the 38 years of Lakhimpurs districthood. Some important historical monuments lying in a state of neglect like the Maghnowa Doul in Dhalpur, the Vasudev Than and Naruwa Satra in Dhakuwakhona, slow pace of work of Madhavdev Kalakshetra in Nrayanpur along with encroachments of Saatra lands in Pabha, Bihpuria, border disputes with neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh in Mynahjuli and Doolungmukh are some of other problems still faced by Lakhimpurdistrict over the years. However there has been some developmental works in the district concerning construction of rural roads under PMGSY scheme, anti encephalitis operation by NRHM are bringning some positive developments to the district.

Paddy production goes up in State

NALBARI, Dec 5 – The Agriculture Minister, Pramila Rani Brahma said that the production of paddy is fast increasing in the State and it is expected to cross the target of 43 lakh metric tonnes this season.
The Agriculture Minister who came to lay the foundation stone of the Jilla Krishi Bhawan in Nalbari town on Saturday said that in 2007-08 the total paddy production in the State was 38.20 lakhmetric tonnes while it increased in 2008-09 to 40.70 lakh metric tonnes. It catapulated Assam to that of the ninth paddy producing State in the country. The Minister, however, admitted that the area under paddy crops in the State is fast reducing and at present the farmers are cultivating paddy crops in 24.84 lakh hectares. She called upon the farmers to use hybrid varieties of paddy to get more production. The Agriculture Minister further alleged that the department is not getting positive support from the Assam Agricultural University (AAU), Jorhat in procuring hybrid varieties of paddy.
Admitting the late distribution of department seeds to the farmers, the Minister said that the Agriculture budget should be bifurcated from the general budget to implement the schemes on time. Brahma added that the Agriculture department has proposed to set up a market complex at Ulubari at a cost of Rs 7 crore. The new complex will have an open market, a cold storage facility and dormitory for farmers.
Addressing the meeting, Revenue Minister Dr Bhumidhar Barman called upon Brahma to set up a cold storage in Nalbari district so that the poor farmers can preserve their production to get remunerative prices. He said that the State Government has taken up a number of schemes for the benefit of farmers but those have not been properly implemented due to corrupt practices of some officials.
The meeting was presided over by Lalit Gogoi, Deputy Commissioner of Nalbari.
It may be mentioned here that the new agriculture building to be completed at a cost of Rs 1.3 crore would have a three-storied provision. The building will be completed within the period of nine months. The agriculturedepartment has decided to construct such buildings in nine districts in the State.

Training on scientific duck farming held at Dotma

GOSSAIGAON, Dec 6 – A day-long training programme on scientific duck farming was recently organised at Dotma LP School in Kokrajhar district under the patronage of the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Gossaigaon.

The training was aimed at imparting knowledge-based scientific techniques and methods on how to rear duck in order to enhance egg production as well as to reduce meat shortage in the State.

Dr Y Prasad, Programme Coordinator and chief training organizer, KVK lucidly explained the three-fold mandate of the Gossaigaon Krishi Vigyan Kendra established in 1985. He informed that the prime mandate of the KVK was to impart front-line demonstration, on-farm trial and to impart training to the marginalized practicing farming community. Keeping this in view, the KVK here started providing need based training on livestock farming keeping pace with the geographical viabilities of this region. The farming community here has extra-vagal facility to access information and knowledge of both the agriculture boosting establishments like Krishi Vigyan Kendra and the Regional Agricultural Research Station under Assam Agricultural University situated at Gossaigaon in Kokrajhar district.

Further, Dr Prasad added that both the institutions were committed to extend all-round assistance to the farmers in time of crisis, and natural disaster to buttress the interest of agricultural development. He emphasised the need to adopt and practice duck farming as an enterprise for economic gain in rural areas.

On the other hand, Dr Munindra Nath, Principal Scientist, KVK, Gossaigaon dwelt at length on scientific duck farming to yield more eggs so as to fulfil the growing demand and need of the consumers. He said that an adult person requires 15 eggs in a month whereas the averageproduction and availability of eggs in Assam for a man is just 31 per annum.

So, statistics indicates that the difference between production and consumption of eggs in Assam is very poor leading the State to import eggs from Andhra Pradesh and other parts of the country. Besides, it is maintained that India is considered as the largest eggproduction country occupying fifth position in the world. Keeping this spirit in mind, Assam can enhance the production of eggs by rearing high yielding breed of ducks like Chara Chemeli and Khaki Cambel. The area is also congenial to rear ducks having ample scope of natural ponds and other water bodies.

Meanwhile, Dr TK Kalita, VAS of Dotma Block Veterinary Dispensary also delivered a speech on how to prevent and treat diseases of ducks by explaining various scientificmethods and techniques attached to duck farming. Besides, an interaction session was also held wherein about 25 participants took part in the training programme.

Concern at unchecked adulteration of milk

GUWAHATI, Jan 25 – Experts at the meet on Generic milk campaign on quality and hygienic milk and milk products organized by the Directorate of Dairy Development, Assam, today expressed concern at unchecked contamination and adulteration of milk, and stressed the need for maintaining strict quality control. Dr Apurba Chakraborty, Director of Research, Assam Agricultural University (AAU), said that even the basic norms of milk hygiene were often neglected during the various processes of production, distribution and consumption of milk and milk products. He said that milk could get contaminated due to a number of factors involving the animal, the milker, the milking process, the environment in which the milking process is done, and transportation. But it is possible to prevent contamination in all these stages by taking the necessary precautions, he added.

Dr RC Kalita, Assistant Director, Health Services, observed that milk was a good medium for bacteria and virus and the poor level of awareness was at the root of widespread contamination of milk. He said that heating milk at 100 degree Celsius was a simple and effective way to destroy the germs.

Dr Kalita, who was deliberating on the nutritive values of milk and its importance vis-à-vis human health, said that TB was one of the most common diseases occurring in humans from contaminated milk.

RK Sarmah, Director, Dairy Development, underscored the urgent need for streamlining the States unorganized milk production sector. As much as 97 per cent of the States milk producers are in the unorganized sector, which is behind many of the constraints plaguing the sector. Capacity building for meeting national and international norms of quality control is a must to develop the sector in the desired manner, he said, adding that the directorate was increasingly holdingawareness meets for development of hygienic milk marketing under the Assam Agricultural Competitiveness Project (AACP).

Jyoti Prakas Bora, State Public Analyst, in his speech, dwelt on the composition of milk and its legal aspects in marketing with special reference to adulteration.

Niraj Verme, Commissioner and Secretary, Agriculture also spoke.

Public bid to improve education in char areas

SIPAJHAR, Jan 10 – With the objective of developing the academic atmosphere in the remote char areas, the people of Chaulkhowa-Roumari area have established Chaulkhowa -Roumari Jatiya Bidyalaya. The school was formally inaugurated by Basanta Das, ex-MLA, Mangaldoi LAC and president, Mangaldoi Unnayan Parishad at a function held under the presidentship of Iakub Ali, headmaster Borlakhaiti Janakalyan ME Madrassa.

In his inaugural speech Das highlighted the problems in the char areas and lauded the public efforts for academic uplift. Bhargav Kumar Das, journalist, Jakir Hussain, Abdul Rasid, Sahara Khatun, Sariful Haque and Md Safi also addressed the meeting.

The public of the locality offered donations to the newly established school.

Health camp: A free mobile medical camp was recently organised as a part of NABARDs rural development project under the joint auspices of ex-students union of Goalpara Sainik School and Lakshimpur Anchalik Meen Mahal Samittee.

The camp was inaugurated by Dr Ramesh Chandra Goswami. During the course of the camp, Dr Goutam Bora, Dr Munin Chamua, Dr A Latif and Dr A Bhatta offered medical treatment to more than 600 poor and needy patients of the locality. Free medicines were also distributed among them.

Col Ajit Bora, ex-student of Sainik School and colonel of Chapai Army Camp and Loken Das, DDM, NaBARD, while attending the camp, exchanged their views with thepublic and offered various suggestions.

Meet: The public meet held at Phuhuratali Milan Bazar under the auspices of Sipajhar Char Anchalik Minority Students Union recently expressed strong resentment over the underdevelopment in char areas. The meet was chaired by Abu Talab Ahmed.

Addressing the meet, Aainuddin Ahmed, general secretary, AAMSU expressed concern over the misuse of money sanctioned for char areas. Bhabesh Kakati assistant general secretary, AJYCP, stressed the need of preparing National Register of Citizens to solve the foreigners problem.

Alak Ranjan Deka, vice-president, AJYCP, Darrang district committee and joint secretary, Hiren Baruah, Abdur Rahman, president, AAMSU, Darrang district unit and secretary Rafikul Islam and Bijanur Rahman and social activisits Dhakman Shrestha, S Bahadur Chetri and Abdul Mannan Bhuyan also spoke on the occasion and stressed the need for all round development of char areas.

Technology Week: Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Darrang of Assam Agriculture University recently observed the Technology Week in collaboration with NGO Mahabahu on the premises of Deomornoi HS School.

The programme started with the presentation of a group song by Silpi Sadhana Gosthi. Dr A K Bujarbaruah, vice-chancellor of Assam AgricultureUniversity lit the lamp. Dr Bhupendra Chandra Bhowmik, education extension officer, AAU, Suresh Sarma, ADC, Darrang, Loken Das, DDM, NABARD, Simanta Deka, member, Zila Parishad and Hem Chandra Baruah,president , Deomornoi GP spoke on the occasion. An interaction programme with the farmers and an exhibition were also organised on the occasion.

The objectives were stated by Dr Tulasi Prasad Saikia, programme co-ordinator, Darrang Krishi Vigyan Kendra.

Training prog for medicinal plant farmers in Dhubri

DHUBRI, Oct 18 – The Facilitation Centre for Medicinal Cultivation, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat organised a two-day training programme for cultivators of medicinal plants of Dhubri district on October 10 and 11 at the training hall of the office of the District Agriculture Officer, Dhubri. The Krishi Vijnan Kendra (KVK), Dhubri, the DAO office and a private concern namely Rhino Research Products of Dhubri extended cooperation and active support in organising thetraining programme. A total of 50 farmers coming from all the three subdivisions of the district attended and completed the training course.

On October 10, the training was formally inaugurated by Sudhir Ranjan Talukdar, DAO, Dhubri. Bimal Oswal, proprietor, Rhino Research Products presented a general discussion on cultivation ofmedicinal plants vis-a-vis the extensive market awaiting for such products. Dr Ramani Kanta Sarma, state nodel officer of the National Board of Medicinal Plants dwelt at length on different schemes of the NBMP side by side with the implementation of these schemes in Assam.

The resource persons of the training included Dr MP Barthakur, professor, AAU, Jorhat, Dr Sarat Saikia, programme coordinator, KVK, Bilasipara, Rekhasree Kalita, subject matter specialist, KVK, etc. The experts taught the farmers the medicinal qualities of plants like boch (acorus calamus), bel (aegle marmelos), Sarpagandha (Rauvolfia sepentina), aswagandha (withania somnifera), Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata), amlakhi (emblic myrobalan), pipali (long pepper), chandan (sandal), podina (mint), brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), etc.

For field visit, the trainees were taken to the agricultural farm of Rhino Research Product where they were shown some variety of medicinal plants cultivated scientifically. The closing ceremony was held under the presidentship of Sachindra Pathak, SDAO (Horticulture), Dhubri. Alltrainees were given a certificate. The vote of thanks was offered by Dr MP Barthakur.

Coconut output hit by mobile phone signals?

GUWAHATI, June 14 – The agricultural scientists of the State are yet to confirm the assertion made by the commoners that the signal originating from the mobile phone towers is leading to reduced coconut production. However, a study is being planned by the Kahikuchi-based Horticulture Research Station (HRS) of the Assam Agricultural University (AAU) here to ascertain the factors responsible for the reduced production of coconut in the State.

Agricultural scientists in the meantime have made a significant assertion that the phenomenon of reduced productivity has affected the coconut plants of Kerala dwarf varieties, which has several advantages and is hence preferred by the States farmers over the local varieties.

In the State, farmers of Nalbari district, Morigaon district and the Bajali sub-division in Barpeta district are the major producers of coconut. Farmers in some areas of Lakhimpur and Dhemaji districts also produce the crop.

Lions share of the coconut produced in the State is consumed by its own people, while a portion is exported to the neighbouring states of Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya and West Bengal. Some portions are also exported to Bihar and Jharkhand, said sources in the Assam State Agricultural Marketing Board (ASAMB).

Chief Scientist of the HRS Dr Guneswar Medhi told this correspondent that till 2009, coconut production in the State was good. But, since last year, disturbing reports of immature fall of the crop, loss of bearing capacities of the plants etc., started pouring in from several parts of the State. Farmers during interaction with the scientists started complaining of loss of crop, loss of the bearing capacity and also the sterility of theirplants.

Reports suggesting the incidence of the sterility of the plants are more compared to the ones related with the loss of crop and gradual loss of the bearing capacity of the plants, said Dr Medhi.

However, all the above developments have been mostly reported from Rangiya area in Kamrup district and the districts of Nalbari and Goalpara.

But the significant point is that the affected coconut plantations mostly consist of the plants of the Kerala dwarf type which have attained the age of 30 to 35 years. We have been finding such behaviours of these coconut plants in our condition for the past six to seven years and we are in the process of replacing such plants with the local varieties at our HRS, said Dr Medhi.

Continuing, he said, Our indigenous or local plants and the Kamarupa variety that we have developed have the capacity to continue good yields even at the age of 50 years.

He maintains that some Kerala dwarf varieties start bearing fruit at the age of three to four years, unlike the local varieties, which start fruit bearing at six to seven years of age. Moreover, as the name suggests, the Kerala dwarf varieties are not very tall, said Dr Medhi.

The HRS has planned to take up a study on the phenomenon and it will take at least two to three years time for completion, said the AAU scientist.

Small tea growers hit back at organised sector

DIBRUGARH, Oct 29 – The small tea growers have strongly reacted to the statement reportedly made by Pranab Kumar Sarma, former Superintending Manager of Tezpur Tea of Shaw Wallace, that they (the small tea growers) were not properly trained in tea production, resulting in low quality tea.

Instead of extending their hand to the small tea growers for improving quality and quantity, the tea barons, factory owners and representatives of the organised sectors are discouraging small tea growers through criticism, Hemanta Gohain, former general secretary of the small tea growers body, alleged. Gohain, one of the founding members of the All Assam Small Tea Growers Association, said that quality does not come first for the majority of the poor small tea growers as most of them are toiling only to make ends meet. When the small tea growers lack capital, how can they undergo training on quality tea production? Gohain questioned.

Referring to the statement of Pranab Kumar Sarma, Gohain said that the Assam Agricultural University and the Tea Research Association have been established to train students and not farmers. Experts can certainly be asked to help small tea growers but the Government should be interested in facilitating such programmes, he said. Gohain added that the infrastructure of the organised sector should be developed for small tea growers, too, for better quality and quantity.

Tea industry urged not to harass small growers

GUWAHATI, Oct 26 – Tea industry should not push the small tea growers to the verge of extinction. Small tea growers have provided employment to over five lakh families. They are also contributing about 30 per cent to the States total tea production and making significant contributions to the State exchequer. This brand of the tea planters is mainly using the fallow plots of land.

Former Superintending Manager, Tezpur Tea Company of the Shaw Wallace, Pranab Kumar Sarma made the above observation.

However, he laid stress on training the small tea growers properly on quality-related matters to make them quality conscious. For, he said, tea price is regulated by the international market. If the cost of production of a product is very high and its quality is low, the product cannot compete in the international market.

The small tea growers of the State are not properly trained in tea production. The special cell set up by the Tea Research Association (TRA) and the Assam Agricultural University (AAU) to train the small tea growers is basically working on a theoretical approach.

This has restricted the production of the small tea growers in matters of quality as well as quantity.

The Tea Board should set up farmers filed schools as an extension tool, which is already practised in the tea industries and other agriculture-related areas of Tamil Nadu, Kenya and Indonesia, for proper field and factory management by these tea growers. The problems of the small tea growers can be addressed to in these field schools.

The Tea Board should also prohibit supply of low quality leaves so that reputation of Assam tea is not affected.

But at the same time, The Tea Board should fix norms for the bought tea leaf factories and tea estate factories making it mandatory for them to buy the green tea leaves produced by the small tea growers in their surrounding areas within a periphery of 10 kms.

These factories must be a part of the field schools to educate the small tea growers on quality production. Besides, the Tea Board should fix the prices of green tea leaves basing on their quality, every year.

The Government should provide the small tea growers protection against the monopolistic behaviour of the big tea companies by strictly applying the Tea Marketing Control Order (TMCO) in letter and spirit, said Sarma.

Field centre under goat research project inaugurated

GUWAHATI, Oct 6 – The All-India Coordinated Research Project on goat improvement located at the Goat Research Station, Assam Agricultural University, Burnihat, a sponsored project of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, inaugurated its third field unit at Nahira, Bijoynagar under Kamrup (R) district recently, a press release stated.
The field unit was inaugurated by Dr A Chakraborty, Director of Research (Veterinary), Assam Agricultural University, Khanapara. In his inaugural speech he insisted the farmers to come forward and take up goat farming as their livelihood. He said that at times goats can be used as ATM and can improve their economic status. He assured the farmers of the locality to render all possible help from theAssam Agricultural University and announced that the best performing farmers of the field unit will be sent to the Central Institute for Research on Goat (CIRG), Makhdoom, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh for advance training.

The meeting was presided over by Prabin Goswami, social worker of the area and was attended by Dr RN Goswami, dean, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Khanapara as chief guest. Dr M Das, Associate Director of Extension Education, Assam Agricultural University, Khanapara as guest of honour; Subodh Das, Deputy Director, SOS Village, Guwahati, Dr A Saleque, Principal Scientist, Goat Research Station, Assam Agricultural University, Burnihat, Dr N Nahardeka, Principal Investigator, All India Coordinated Research Project on goat improvement, as well as two village headmen D Thakuria and B Kalita. The meeting was initiated by Dr A Saleque.

Dr Goswami encouraged the farmers, specially the womenfolk, to come forward for scientific management and rearing of goats of increasing productivity, while Dr M Das narrated about women empowerment and the scope farming of different livestock for improving rural economy.

Subodh Das advised the farmers to be self sufficient through livestock farming. He thanked the AAU authzzority of the Assam Agricultural University for selecting Nahira of Bijoynagar as a field unit for implementation of the goat improvement programme.

The vote of thanks was offered by Dr N Nahardeka, the release added.

AAU information centre inaugurated at Teok

GUWAHATI, Sept 17 – An information centre under the Rural Agricultural Work Experience Programme of Assam Agricultural University (AAU) was formally inaugurated at Kakotygaon, Jagduwar of Teok town in Jorhat district recently. A large number of farmers and cultivators from nearby villages attended the inaugural function, a press release said.

The fourth year students of AAU, who were engaged in the project, interacted with the farmers and shared information for solving the latters problems through the use of modern technologies related to agriculture and encouraged them to adopt good agricultural practices.

The meeting held on the occasion was presided by Dr Pritam Borthakur, professor, Department of Horticulture, AAU. He also inaugurated the information centre which is expected to raise the awareness of local farmers.

The other dignitaries present on the occasion included Dr Nibedita Deka, Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management, Pallavi Bora, Department of Extension Education, programme supervisor Rumjhum Phukan and Mousumi Phukan, subject matter specialist of entomology, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Teok.

The student group consisted of 15 girls and seven boys.

A demonstration was also held for the farmers where students presented two methods of demonstration – homestead production of Azolla and application of fertilisers in coconut.

The students were Applestar Rynjah, Arambam Asha Devi, Ashok Kamal Gogoi, Debahash Buragohain, Deimayami Nongtdu, Euwanrida AS Lyngdoh, Kakali Borah, Minakshi Kalita, Pompy Das, Prasanta Gogoi, Priyanka Bora, Purabi Tamuli Phukan, Rejesh Kumar, Ranju Chutia, Rashmita Saikia, Ritu Ranjan Taye, S Pinky, Shweta Kumari, Samar Hazarika, Samarendra S Nongmytham, Pitambara and Shimantini Borkataki, the release added.

Assam tea may lose economic viability: experts

GUWAHATI, Dec 7 – Assam tea as a whole and the small tea growers in the State will be exposed to the grave danger of losing its economic viability unless the Government of Assam and technical agencies concerned came out with practical steps for redemption of the present plight. This opinion was expressed by tea experts in the meeting of the Swahid Maniram Dewan Trust.

The meeting held under the presidentship of senior journalist DN Chakravartty discussed at length how a group of irresponsible tea manufacturers were trying to dump the tea market with tea manufactured from below standard tea leaves.

Several members including Prof Amiya Neog, Indrajeet Dutta, Dr T Tamuly, Ashim Baruah, Bakul Bordoloi, N Mazumdar, S Baruah, while participating in the discussion regretted the attitude of the Tea Board to engage an institute of Bangaluru to train the small tea growers of Assam against the earlier practice of imparting training through the Assam Agriculture University and the Tcklai Research Centre.

They also mentioned the apathetic attitude of the Government of Assam which had encouraged an unscrupulous group of tea factory owners to promote indiscriminate use of chemical fertilizers in tea gardens by a section of small tea growers against the present day international norms.

They expressed the apprehension that unless the practice of indiscriminate use of chemical fertilizers in tea gardens is banned bythe government of Assam, a day will come when Assam tea will lose its present market.

Earlier, Arun Chandra Baruah, working president of the Maniram Dewan Trust stressed the need for perpetuating Maniram Dewans memory through the development of a suitable atmosphere for the growth of trade, commerce and industry in Assam.

Satyabrata Baruah, secretary of the Trust in his report dwelt on the steps for bringing out postal stamps carrying the portrait of martyr Maniram Dewan.

Mridula Hazarika and Bakul Bordoloi also took part in the discussion.

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