Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday announced that her government will confer Krishak Ratna Puroshkar to farmers in the state. The awards will be given every year on Krishi Divas on March 14.
She also directed the district authorities to complete the construction of the proposed Misti Hub in Burdwan by March this year, besides giving necessary direction to turn Mati Tirtha – where Mati Utsav is been organised – into an important place to visit round the year.
Banerjee made the announcement at the inauguration programme of the five-day long Mati Utsav in Burdwan on Monday. State Agriculture minister Purnendu Basu, Labour minister Malay Ghatak, Youth Affairs minister Aroop Biswas, Chief Secretary Basudeb Banerjee and Agricultural Advisor to the Chief Minister Pradip Majumdar were also present at the programme.
Banerjee said that Krishi Samman has been awarded to farmers this year at the venue of Mati Utsav and Krishak Ratna Puroshkar will be awarded at the same place when Krishi Divas is observed in Bengal.
It may be mentioned that Burdwan is well-known for its sweetmeats, mainly langcha and mihidana. To promote these famous delicacies all over the state, the Chief Minister had announced construction of a Misti Hub in the district. The construction work started after settling certain land issues.
On Monday, Banerjee emphasised that the opening of the Misti Hub should not be delayed.
“Construction of the Misti Hub should get completed by March and it should start functioning March 14 onwards,” she said at the programme.Praising Burdwan for its wide strides in the agriculture sector, the Chief Minister said: “Now there is a permanent venue for Mati Utsav. It was being organised at Panagarh since 2012. But last year it was shifted to Mati Tirtha which has come up as a centre for discussion on developments in agriculture sector.”
She said that a skill development centre could soon come up at Mati Tirtha and steps need to be taken so that people keep visiting the place throughout the year.
Banerjee urged the concerned ministers and officials to take steps to develop infrastructure to show
visitors how paddy is cultivated and different techniques have been adopted for growing fishes in ponds. She also directed the state Fisheries department to take steps so that “we can grow the required quantity of fish and the state no more has to import it from Andhra Pradesh.”
The Chief Minister also assured support of the state government if people began raring ducks at poultry farms as there is a shortage in supply of eggs as per its demand in the state.