first_imgKolkata: The site of the mothballed Tata Nano factory is now an emerald canvas with almost the entire land in Singur being made cultivable, state Agriculture minister Asish Banerjee said in the Assembly on Monday.In reply to a question raised by an MLA of the Opposition, Banerjee said around 955.90 acre of land has been made cultivable by the state Agriculture department so far. The farmers are cultivating various crops in those plots and the Agriculture department has taken a series of initiatives for transforming the land into cultivable ones. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSome parts of the acquired land have been used for laying sewer lines, constructing roads, irrigation canals and the like. The portions of the land where these constriction works have come up, do not belong to the farmers, the minister maintained. Various crops including mustard, masur, Khesari dal, moong, urad, jute along with paddy cultivation are being done in Singur. Weeds and shrubs that developed in various parts of the plots have been removed by the state government. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned here that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had assured that the character of the land would be converted at the earliest so that the farmers can again cultivate various crops there. The state government had deployed various government officials and other personnel on a war footing to convert the plots into cultivable ones. Suggestions were also sought from agriculture scientists in this regard. The sand, concrete and stone chips were removed from the area in order to make the plots cultivable. The minister also added that a huge amount of land has become cultivable in the past seven years. In the financial year 2017-18, around 54,770 hectare lands have been made cultivable. Giving statistical details, the Agricultural minister said since 2010-11, around 21,89,349 hectare lands have been made cultivable. He maintained that the cultivable land has increased in Bengal with the various steps taken by the state government. The minister earlier said the state government has ensured proper irrigation facilities and made other necessary arrangements to increase cultivable land in Bengal.last_img

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