Skip to content Skip to navigation

Lets take a taste of Citrus

With a aim to make available high quality and disease free quality planting materials of different citrus crops, a Centre of Excellence (Citrus), established by the Department of Horticulture & Food Processing, Assam, inaugurated by the Chief Guest of the programme, Kamal Kant Mittal,IAS, Additional Chief Secretary & Agricultural Production Commissioner , Government of Assam on Wednesday at Bamunigaon , Boko, about 61 km from Guwahati. This Inauguration Programme was organized in connection with the First 100 days Programme of Government of Assam. In his speech, Mittal appealed to the farming community to extend their cooperation towards the various departmental programmes. As per scheduled programme , Atul Bora, Minister of Agriculture , Horticulture & Food Processing etc. , Assam could not attend the programme due to his illness . Amlan Baruah, IAS, Commissioner & Secretary to the Government of Assam, Agriculture Department grace the occasion as a Guest of Honour in the meeting .

The Centre of Excellence (Citrus) will demonstrate the production of citrus fruits, such as mandarin, lemon etc. using modern farming techniques. Moreover, post-harvest handling of citrus crops will also be demonstrated in the Centre of Excellence (Citrus). This Centre will also undertake the training and capacity building programme of citrus growers, departmental personal, nurserymen etc. On the other hand, this Centre will act as a repository of citrus trees of different types. The total area of the Centre of Excellence (Citrus) is about 11.8 hectares   (88 Bigha).

It may mention that, citrus crops occupy an important place in the horticultural output of Assam. These crops cover an area of 30,200 hectares and give a total production of 323,400 MT. The State produces about 3.2% of the national production of citrus crops. The important citrus crops include Khasi mandarin and Assam lemon.

However, the productivity of citrus crops has been declining in many parts of Assam due to the increased incidence of citrus diseases. In order to overcome the problem and make available disease free planting materials, this Centre of Excellence (Citrus) is established.

Several dignitaries, farmers, scientists, officials etc, including Bhabendra Nath Saikia, Director of Agriculture, Assam; Prabin Kumar Hazarika, Director of Horticulture & Food Processing, Assam , Kamal Choudhury , Chief Engineer , Agriculture, Gautam Mazumder , ADC, South Kamrup took part in the programme.

A Farmers Training Programme on Citrus Crops was also held in the event.

Add new comment

Random Stories

Patnaik visits Kokrajhar

2 Apr 2010 - 5:36pm | editor
Assam governer JB Patnaik on Friday visited kokrajhar and reviewed the law and order situation in view of the upcoming BTAD polls. He talked to the top ranked police and civil officials who apprised...

Deceased ULFA cadre is Mridul Deka

21 Nov 2008 - 1:48pm | editor
The ULFA militant killed in the encounter at Hindumoujili gaon near Baihata Chariali has been identified as Corporal Mridul Deka alias Mukut Deka. The ULFA cadre was killed in an encounter with...

Exhibition at Dibrugarh

5 Oct 2011 - 8:13pm | Ranjan K Baruah
JD Institute of Fashion Technology organised “TYOHAAR” an exhibition cum sale event in association with Lioness Club of Dibrugarh on September 28-29 at their institute's premises at...

Shortage of doctors at Sivasagar Civil Hospital

7 Apr 2009 - 6:14am | SK Hasan
There is no sufficient doctor and staff at 200 bedded Sivasagar Civil Hospital. The hospital, situated at Joysagar, is the main hospital of the District and hundreds of people come daily for...

Other Contents by Author

The Ministry of Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER) will make suitable arrangements for showcasing the Northeast organic products outside, in the rest of the country. In his speech at a meeting of agriculture and marketing in Guwahati on Friday. DoNER minister Jitendra Singh said an initiative in this direction has already begun with the opening up, recently, of a Showroom-cum-Restaurant bearing a common brand name “ONE” (Organic North East) at Dilli Haat in New Delhi. Singh, who was on a visit to Assam to take part in the programmes commemorating the completion of three years of Government led by Prime Minister, said, the high priority accorded to the Northeast by the present...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday vowed to uplift the farming community saying that by 2022, these people would be able to double their income. Laying the foundation  stone of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute at Gogamukh, the Prime Minister said the IARI had the potential to impact the entire region in a positive way in the future. He said agriculture needs to be developed in line with the requirements of the 21st century adding that the farmers must benefit from the changing technology.   Modi stressed the need of modern agriculture and technological interventions, keeping in mind the specific needs of the region.   He said doubling farmers' incomes by...
The Union cabinet on Wednesday approved an institute of Indian Agriculture Research Centre in Assam. Presided over by prime minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, the meeting cleared the proposal to set  up the country’s premier institute at Gogamukh in Dhemaji bordering Arunachal Pradesh. Sources in Dispur said that the Assam government had also proposed a huge plot of 587 acres in Gogamukh for the project. Many organizations in Lakhimpur and Dhemaji districts have thanked the state and Centre for clearing the decks.
Shikha Bora, Agricultural Development Officer, posted at Soil Survey Office, Department of Agriculture,Assam; Ulubari , Guwahati died Sunday night at her official quarter , Ulubari, Guwahati, due to illness . She was around  40. She was a very sincere officer of the Agriculture Department. She is popular because of her politeness and simplicity . Her death was widely mourned in the Agriculture Department , Assam.  She leaves behind her husband,relatives and colleagues.
All India Radio, Guwahati will broadcast a radio discussion about Farmer Producer Company ( FPC ) in Assamese, on 25th April next from 7.15pm in the 'Krishi Jagat' programme. Mowsam Hazarika, Assistant Director ( Horticulture) , Directorate of Horticulture and Food Processing, Assam ; Dr Sarat Saikia, Chief Scientist, Horticultural Research Station, AAU and Bakul Chandra Saikia, Senior Agricultural Development Officer, Directorate of Horticulture and Food Processing, Assam & Nodal Officer , FPC will take part in the discussion.  It may be mentioned that, AIR , Guwahati will broadcast such discussion for the first time . It will be helpful for the farmers of Assam, who are willing...
A counselling session was organised by "Cottonian 82", a group of ex Cottonian on "Examination related stress and Health related issues" at Cotton Girls Hostel on Saturday.  The session was adressed by Dr.Nibedita Goswami, Dr.Manashi Bhagawati Khound and Consultants Mrs Minakshi Barthakur and Mrs Yasmin Dutta.  Students and Wardens expressed satisfaction for arranging such session at their doorsteps and expected that such endeavor will boost morale of students by managing stress effectively.  
The country is caught in a grim crisis of skilled workers where 2.3% of the workforce has undergone formal skill training as compared to 68% in the UK, 75% in Germany, 52% in USA, 80% in Japan and 96% in South Korea. Need of the hour is a slew of steps for skill development in the vital sector like agriculture and horticulture.This was more or less of what the speakers said opening a skill development training in Khanapara joinly organized by Assam Small Farmers Agribusiness Consortium, Assam Agriculture University, Kristi Vigyan Kendra and department of horticulture and floriculture on Monday.Speakers after speakers agreed that large sections of the educated workforce have little or no job...
Food processing sector has immense potential to uplift Assam economy. It can bring an economic revolution in the state. This was more or less of what the speakers said participating at a PHD Chamber sponsored meeting in Guwahati on Thursday. Industry commissioner Ravi Kapoor said, "Assam is a goldmine for food processing sector. Now we should start a mass movement of food processing in Assam. " In his speech as a Chief Guest in the Conference on Make in India and FDI in Retail: Opening Bright Avenues for Food Processing Sector, he said no other industries are necessary to boost the economy if the state extensively sets up food processing industries. According to him, the Government has...
Good news for Assam Agriculture University. Dr KM Bujarbaruah has fetched pride to the variety as he received the Best Vice Chancellor Award among all the Agricultural Universities in India. He received this prestigious Award on Monday in the 2nd National Youth Convention ,jointly organised by All India Agricultural Students Association, Indian Council of Agricultural Research & University of Agricultural Sciences, Raichur .
Vijaya Nursery of Khetr awarded as Best Nursery in the 4th Assam International Agri-Horticultural Show 2017, by Atul Bora, MLA , Dispur yesterday. Several dignitaries including Governor of Assam, Agriculture Minister,Irrigation Minister, Vice Chancellor of AAU present in the Prize Distribution Programme held at Veterinary Play ground, Khanapara, Guwahati.  The journey of Vijaya Nursery began in the year 2006 from the residence of Anubha Singh at Kharghuli, Guwahati. In 2014 , the Nursery shifted to Khetri, Kamrup to have more space for expansion and cultivation in a larger scale. Few of the plants that she is propagating in a bigger scale are the different and newer varieties of...