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Roy addresses farmers’ rally
Correspondent, SMIT, DEC 8:
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Published on 9 Dec. 2008 1:54 AM IST
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Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Donkupar Roy has expressed concern on the increased fragmentation of land in the state which he said was affecting the production of crops by the farmers. "The fragmented land, non-availability of micro credit, poor irrigation facilities and absence of suitable marketing linkages has contributed to the woes of the farmers," Roy said. The Chief Minister said this while addressing a farmers' rally attended by farmers from various areas of the state. Earlier, the farmers who gathered in large numbers voiced their concern on the day to day problems faced by them. They demanded for better irrigation facilities for multiple cropping in a year and forward and backward linkages especially in the procurement of better seeds, transfer of suitable technology and access to nearby markets. After giving a patient hearing to the problem faced especially in regard to increased dwindling of farm land for cultivation in the hand of the farmers, the Chief Minister said that one of the main priorities of the state government was to boost the rural sector especially the agriculture and the allied sector. United Democratic Party legislator, Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit, the brainchild of organising the farmers' rally said that it would continue to put effort to provide a platform to the farmers to express their grievances in a constructive manner so that the state government has a first hand account of their problems.

 
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