MoA signed between SITA and AAU
Dispur, October 1, 2021: A Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) was signed between State Innovation and Transformation Aayog (SITA) and Assam Agricultural University today in the presence of SITA Co-Vice Chairman Sri Ramen Deka in his official conference hall at Janata Bhawan to execute the project ‘Samriddhi Poultry’ in the state of Assam on a pilot basis. This project is an innovative approach for economic empowerment of rural women of Assam through model egg village. The MoA was signed by Chief Executive Officer Mukesh Sahu, IAS on behalf of SITA and Dr Niranjan Kalita, Director of Research (Vety.) Assam Agricultural University on behalf of Assam Agricultural University. The project is aiming (1)to enhance economic security of farm women through increased egg production and placing egg sector as an enterprise to double farm income (ii) Gender mainstreaming, capacity building and skill development of rural farm women on improved layer farming, (iii) Development of model egg village through ‘Samriddhi Poultry’, (iv) to increase the per capita consumption of eggs among local populations nutritional security and (v) surveillance and adoption of strategic disease control programme in commercial layer in agro- climatic condition of Assam. The farmer-community of the country is lucky enough to have a pro-farmer Government which has its main focus on doubling the farmers’ income for the first time since independence. The Assam government has also been taking up various projects and policies in the same line so that the state can step forward along with the other parts of the country. ‘Samriddhi Poultry’, a small scale commercial layer farming, for livelihood and nutritional security, empowering rural women through development of model egg village in Assam is an approach to achieve the goal. Through the project, there will be increased egg production and consumption at the household of rural area thereby significantly improving the nutritional as well as economic status of the family and will act as a tool for self employment and livelihood security. Apart from enhancing the egg production in Assam, it is expected to create employment opportunities for rural women through poultry and built capacity of rural women on improved poultry rearing. Later on, a joint meeting was convened with the officials of PHE and IIT Guwahati to coordinate and to work out for smooth implementation of the project namely ‘Total solar power electrolytic water treatment and supply system’. The officials of PHE and IIT Guwahati agreed to complete the project within the month of October.