Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will felicitate 21 farmers with Mati Samman award this time for their extraordinary achievements in the agriculture sector. Banerjee will be giving the award after inaugurating the Mati Utsav in Burdwan on Monday.
Banerjee had initiated Mati Utsav after coming to power to promote the agriculture sector of the state. This year it will continue from January 5 for the next five days at Mati Tirtha.
The Chief Minister is scheduled to inaugurate Mati Utsav on Monday afternoon. This year around 116 stalls of different departments of the state government have been set up from where the farmers would get opportunity to showcase, promote and sell their produce.
Besides felicitating the farmers from different parts of the state, she would also distribute different beneficiary schemes to around 60 people. Mati Tirtha, where permanent structures have been made to hold different agriculture related programmes, has provided a platform for farmers to come across updated and be averse with modern farming technology.
During the five-day long programme, different activities would take place, including discussions on different aspects of agriculture sector, conference for farmers and demonstration of modern equipments used for agriculture purposes.
Usually, the farmers who get felicitated take part in different discussions that later take place in Mati Tirtha itself. The knowledge sharing programme along with experts in the sector helps to develop new ideas for farming.
With just a few hours left for the inauguration of Mati Utsav, senior district officials and workers were found working on a war footing to complete the remaining work by Sunday night.
Mati Utsav, that initially used to take place at Panagarh, was later shifted to its permanent venue at Mati Tirtha in Burdwan. Setting up of Mati Tirtha was a dream project of the Chief Minister and she had taken the initiative to help farmers get regular updates through discussions and seminars on new methods and technologies of farming. The state government is taking initiatives to turn the newly set up Agriculture College near Mati Tirtha in Burdwan to a “centre of excellence”.