60 per cent youth rejects agriculture as occupation

In a recent participatory rural appraisal programme at Pasighat in East Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh, it was found that most of the village youths prefer government job and other business than agriculture.

Only a sizeable number of rural youth prefers allied agriculture as their occupation like fisheries, piggery, diary, poultry and goat farming.

The researchers in their study found that 60 percent of the village youth are not interested in agriculture as an occupation and only 23 percent are interested to take-up agriculture and rest are undecided. The study under ICSSR sponsored project implemented by the Central Agricultural University (CAU), College of Horticulture and Forestry, Pasighat was conducted by a team of researchers led by Ponung Kakki and under the guidance of the Project Director, Associate Professor (Extension Education and Rural Sociology), Dr. R. Saravanan.

The participatory rural appraisal and focused group discussion on “Agriculture and Socio- Economic Issues among Rural Tribal Youth in North East Hill Region of India” was  conducted at Rani Village of East Siang district.

According to the programme, the main causes for the youth’s disliking for agriculture is that the production from agriculture is very low which is insufficient and cannot fulfill their family’s needs, the rural youth want to have a decent living, which cannot be had from doing substance farming, they opined.

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Mongolian Food Fest to begin on Nov 29

The North East Social Cultural Development Society (NESCDS) is going to organize a Mongolian food festival from November 29 to December 6 at Kashamari Ghat near Fancy Bazar in the city. NESCDS president Junali Baruah informed this in a press conference at Guwahati Press Club today. Baruah said, “We are going to organize the food festival to showcase the ethnic taste of Mongolian foods on the occasion of the beginning of the new year. We are also going to organize various programmes during the festival like horse race, cultural activities and others.”

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85th Raax Mahotsav at Phulpanchiga from November 25

Like the previous years, this year too Phulpanchiga Anchalik Raax Utsav Udjapan Samiti will hold the  85th Raax Mahotsav with traditional prompt and gaiety at the premises of Anchalik Raax Utsav Kala Krishti Kendra, Phulpanichiga, scheduled to be held from November 25 to November 27 with a three-day long programme.

According to the schedule the first day programme will start with hoisting of flag by Dr Bhula Gogoi, noted writer  and former Principal, Science College, Jorhat followed by smriti tarpan by social worker Kukheswar Gogoi. Plantation of saplings will be done by Anil Baruah, retired  official of OIL. A Bhagawat procession will be taken out throughout the locality and it will be flagged off by Babula Baruah.The other programmes of the day are Bhagawat path, naam prasanga, kirtan path, diha naam and bonti prajalan. At night the Raax Krira bhaona will be performed by the local artistes.

On the second day an open meeting will be held under the chairmanship of Dulal Phukan, former Principal, Borhat HS School. Hem Chandra Saikia, noted writer and researcher of Sankari philosophy and Sumendra Gogoi will graced the meeting as appointed speakers. In the evening Parajoy Sita Patal Gamon  bhaona will be performed by the artistes of Naatghar Silpi Samaj, Jhanji.

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Muga Mela from November 12-13

Directorate of Sericulture, Government of Assam is going to celebrate Muga Day and Muga Mela-cum-exhibition from November 12 to 13, 2015 at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra, Panjabari, Guwahati. Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has been invited to grace the occasion as the chief guest at the inaugural function to be held at 11 a.m. on November 12, 2015.

The programme includes distribution of grants-in-aid, a day-long interactive session with progressive farmers coming from across the State, a seminar animated by leading Sericulture Scientists, and an exhibition-cum- sale of diversified Muga products followed by a fashion show by leading fashion designers of the State on November 13, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. displaying costumes made entirely of Golden Muga fabric. A special highlight of this year’s programme is the institution of “Dr. SN Choudhury Memorial Award” to the best performing sericulture official for outstanding contribution to the development of sericulture in the State.

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AASU releases Uddipona

The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) today released its live programme – Uddipona, an MP 3 CD – prepared on the occasion of the 89th  birth anniversary of Dr Bhupen Hazarika, at a function at Swahid Nyas here. Tezpur University pro-vice chancellor Amarjyoti Choudhury, former Gauhati University VC Akhil Kumar Medhi and music director Ramen Baruah inaugurated the CD.

Talking at the function, Prof. Choudhury said: “A thinking can change the picture of a society. This thinking of the AASU, I do believe, can also change our society. This is essentially a weapon for social change. The CD has Bhupen songs sung by the best singers of the universities and colleges in the State. I appeal to the AASU to ensure that these singers get chance to sing in Bihu functions.”

Akhil Medhi said: “The songs of RN Tagore are very popular among the Bengalis. Every Bengali household has the tradition of teaching their wards Tagore songs. We should follow the suit and make sure that Bhupen songs are taken to every Assemese family.”

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