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Training on Value Addition of Tomato

A training cum demonstration on “Value addition of Tomato” was organized in KVK, Dudhnoi on 7thJan’ 2008 by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Dudhnoi, Goalpara. Nearly forty women both housewives and youth actively participated in the programme. The trainees represented ten women Self Help Groups from Damra, Upper Borgum, Maju Borgum, and Udaipur.

The need of value addition is an urgent need of the hour since the concept of fruit preservation and value addition are new to the peoples of Goalpara district, Mrs. Minakshi Borah Kaman, Home Science specialist said. Goalpara district produces large quantity of fruits and vegetables, most of which neither reach the market nor fetch good price. In addition, nutrition deficiency is prevalent in the food habit of the district. To overcome this disparity between abundance of seasonal fruits and vegetables, and nutritional deficiency in the lean seasons, Mrs. Kaman suggested the trainees to adopt various preservation methods.

As a beginning, training cum demonstration on preparation of tomato sauce was conducted. The trainees were also been made aware of need and use of different preservatives.

Mr. Utpal Bhattacharyya, Mr. Biswajit Dey, Mr, Jyotish Barman, Er. Benjamin Kaman, Mr. Ajitabh Bora, from Krishi Vigyan Kendra, also attended the programme, who conveyed the trainees about KVK and stressed on adoption of new technologies to farmers. The officials enquired present status and functioning of the ten SHGs and also guided them probable low cost options to adopt as a beginning.
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Man-elephant conflict takes serious turn in Udalguri district

6 Sep 2011 - 4:07am | Jayanta Kumar Das


“Man-elephant conflict” has taken a serious turn in Udalguri district in last two months causing deaths of five wild elephants and six human beings.A high level discussion was held at Deputy Commissioner's Conference Hall at Udalguri on September 2 to find out solutions to mitigate the conflict.The meeting was organized by Bankim Sarma,DFO,Dhansiri Forest Division,in association with Udalguri district administration. Thaneswar Malakar,Deputy Commissioner ,Udalguri presided over the discussion which was attended by Mitha Ram Basumatari and Santias Kunjur, both BTC EM;Debojit Deuri,SP,Udalguri;MP Sarma,PD,DRDA,Udalguri;Pradip Kumar Daimari,MCLA, BTC; Dr.Anupam Sarma and Hitesh Baishya,of WWF India;Circle Officers of Mazbat, Harisinga and Udalguri; Managers of Hatigarh TE,Orangajuli TE,Borangajuli TE and Nonai TE; representatives of small tea growers, NGOs; ABSU and all the media persons.


Speaking on the occasion,DFO,Dhansiri Division said that no financial grants had ever been sanctioned for the maintenance of Bornadi Wild Life Sanctuary of Udalguri district during last two years.It needs mention that Situated in the foot hills of Himalayas, bordering Bhutan in the North of Udalguri district, Barnadi Wildlife Sanctuary ( 26 46' 49 N and 91 45' 31 E;at the elevation of 175 M above sea level )with an area of 28.22 sq km could well have attracted large number of inland and foreign tourists for its exotic virgin beauty, had there been good infrastructures like drinking water, communication system, forest guides etc. The only known abode of pig my hog (sus salvinous)and Hispid hare (caprolagus hispid),Barnadi wild life sanctuary had been neglected by both state and BTAD authorities since its up gradation to wild life sanctuary in 1980.Earlier it was known as the Barnadi Reserve Forest The sanctuary had been an ideal bhabar tract. The sanctuary has at least 14 species of mammals including Indian elephants, Tiger ,Leopard, Slow loris, Capped languor, Barking deer Gaur ,Himalayan black bear, wild bore, Pangolin, Particoloured flying squirrel, Assamese macaque, Peacocks, Eurasian otter, fishing cat and Porcupine etc. Non availability of maintenance funds has virtually stopped all kinds of developmental activities in side the Bornadi WLS,paving the ways of the smugglers deep inside the WLS. Patrolling is near impossible in the WLS due to lack of man power and blockage of interior forest roads. Debojit Deuri,SP,Udalguri urged the civil and forest officials immediately to take steps to control the deaths of elephants and man.He also suggested the use of tear gas cells to disperse unruly wild elephants causing menace in the villages. The matter of illegal allotment of 450 bighas of forest lands to Bahmo Sewashram at Newlee PRF was also raised during the discussion. From all the records it was found that on the basis of the report of then Circle Officer,Harisinga Revenue Circle ,the SDLAC,Bhergaon had allotted the said plot of forest lands to the religious body, which violated forest rules as directed by the Supreme Court of India. Mitha Ram Basumatari and Santias Kunjur,both BTC EM assured that they would place the matter before BTC so as to take steps to cancel the allotment.


The meeting further requested the tea gardens of the district not to encroach more forest lands; maintain their own staff to monitor movement of wild elephants; engage one Kunki elephant at their own expenditure; not to stock chemical fertilizers and pesticides etc out in the open; to stop erection of loose electric fencing to drive away wild elephants; not to dig deep trenches (serving as death traps for baby elephants).The district administration directed the Circle Officers of the district to find out actual possession of lands of the tea gardens both small and big. The issue of declaration of Dhansiri Forest Division as a wild life division was raised by senior journalist and Hony. Wildlife Warden Bhargab Kumar Das.Thaneswar Malakar, Deputy Commissioner Udalguri directed forest officials to form a high level committee to take steps to supervise the man elephant conflict in the district.


ISF submits memo to CM

2 Jul 2011 - 4:05am | Anup Biswas


The indigenous Students Forum has submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister of Assam Sri Tarun Gogoi through the Deputy Commissioner, Dima Hasao District today (Friday) with a prayer to immediately bifurcate the district of N C Hills with separate Autonomous Councils under Article 244(2) of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India as further delay would only result in increasing the sufferings and exploitation of the Indigenous people.


It is stated in the memorandum that memoranda after memorandum have been submitted and several rounds of talks have been held. But no tangible steps towards the bifurcation of the district have been taken. They argued if the Government can fulfill the illegitimate demand of a section by renaming the ancestral land of the majority non-Dimasas indigenous people, it was beyond their comprehension as to why their constitutional and legitimate demand has not been fulfilled yet or do they also need to shoot trains to make their voices heard.


Further it is mentioned that the Govt of Assam had constituted a GOM (Group of Ministers) to look into the demand of the Indigenous People’s Forum (IPF) way back on the 16th July 2010. However, before holding a single talk with the Indigenous People’s Forum (IPF) , it had to be dissolved again in the wake of Assam Assembly Election in April 2011. And the GOM is yet to be set up after the formation of the new ministry. It has become crystal clear that the Govt was using delay tactics which has led many people loose their faith in democratic and peaceful means to achieve the democratic goal of bifurcation.


In expectation of immediate due response to their constitutional and democratic demand they, The NCHIlls Indigenous Students Forum staged Hunger Strike in front the Deputy Commissioer’s Office, Haflong from 9 am of June 30th to 5 PM of July 1.




Devastating fire in the city

16 Feb 2009 - 7:59pm | editor
More than 75 houses were left ravaged as a devastating fire broke out at the Paltanbazar based police reserve in Guwahati on Monday morning.

According to information, the incident took place at around 9 in the morning following an electric short circuit. There is no report of any injury in the fire but it reduced to ashes properties lakhs of rupees. It is alleged that the electrical appliances have been lying without any repair for the last several years.

In yet another incident in the wee hours, Manish Jain, a medicine dealer grievously beaten up by the local residents in Shantipur in Guwahati charging him with deliberately setting on fire his goodwon as the goodwon contained some spurious medicines.