State prod Akuk-Valley for agriculture treasures

BHANDARI, JAN 19 (DIPR): A top state-level team, comprising of Agriculture Production Commissioner Alemtemshi Jamir (IAS) Commissioner & Secretary, Roads & Bridges, Mhathung Kithan (IAS) Commissioner & Secretary, Agriculture, NN Zhasa (IFS) and a host of officials camped at Akuk-Tsurang-Hayiju valley, under Bhandari sub-division on January 15 and the 16th. The team explored the agri-potential of the valley, known for its fertile land.

In discussions with the people of Akuk village on the 16th at the camp area, Alemtemshi spoke on the need to maintain the valley as an agricultural zone. He said the per capita income of the state will significantly increase when the valley is developed in all agricultural sectors. The Production Commissioner urged the people to continue maintaining the Akuk Tsurang Agri-link road that connects the village to the valley.

He assured to sanction Rupees one Lakh for immediate maintenance of the road. Directing the people of Akuk form Village Development Committees (VDCs) so as to support developmental activities in the village, Alemtemshi assured to reserve five caliber tractors to be issued at subsidized rates for the cultivation activities in the valley.

Also speaking at the meeting, Commissioner & Secretary, Agriculture, NN Zhasa said the village should not be constructed into any industrial infrastructure but have to be maintained as a rice bowl village so that a surplus production is maintained.

As proposed, the VDC was constituted by the Akuk people with Mhathung Kithan, IAS and Jerry Patton as Convenor and Secretary of the committee respectively. Others who were present included Sr. Engineer (I&FC) Sanjo Lotha, Additional Director (V & AH) Y Tsopoe, Joint Director (Horti) Joseph Humtsoe, Deputy Director (V & AH) Hathungo Kithan and all members of the State Bamboo Mission.