Orange growers face an uncertain future

Buffeted by low prices, middlemen and uncertain rains, and lacking adequate state support, orange growers in Assam fear they will not be able to continue living off their lands much longer. 

#Horticulture #Livelihoods #Agriculture
Farmers sell at low prices as MSP is elusive

Paddy farmers in Baksa sell their produce at low prices, finding the Minimum Support Price unreliable. The income from agriculture is inadequate, forcing them to look for daily wage work.

#Agriculture Policy #Agriculture
From flavorful tea to perfume trees

Assam's tea growers, struggling under high production costs and low profit margins, have turned to growing agarwood, in the process helping to revive it from its endangered status.

#Biodiversity #Horticulture #Agriculture
Erosion-hit Assam farmers turn to horticulture

Amidst the gloom of lives endlessly disrupted by river erosion, a few farmers are successfully experimenting with horticulture in the heart of the very river that is swallowing their lands.

#Climate #Horticulture #Land #Agriculture
River erosions batter the landless in Assam

The Brahmaputra has eroded lands along its course repeatedly, forcing villagers along its embankments to find new homes and work each time, in a perpetual struggle to stabilise their lives and livelihoods.

#Climate #Land #Agriculture
The Dhemaji tragedy
ID REMEMBRANCE : The Dhemaji tragedy

Parthajit Baruah, director of documentary The Dhemaji Tragedy – An Undefined Chapter, the tragedy that happened on the Independence Day in 2004 talks to Shoma Chatterji.

#Films #Media Interviews #Media
Slum dwellers in Assam suffer from poor sanitation and hygiene

Sanitary conditions in most of the slum areas in Assam are abysmal. Ignorance about cleanliness, lack of water supply and proper working toilets, absence of covered drainage and sewage, and no action from the local and state government are to be blamed for the mess, reports Nilotpal Bhattacharjee.

#Sanitation #Urban Environment #Health
Where leopards await human compassion
HUMAN-ANIMAL CONFLICT : Where leopards await human compassion

The lack of awareness about a traditionally peace-loving species, and inadequate safeguards to protect their natural habitats and corridors pose a serious threat to leopards in and around Guwahati.

#Biodiversity #Wildlife #Environment
Blending theatre with nature
ART & INNOVATION : Blending theatre with nature

In Assam, a unique innovation by a passionate tribal theatre enthusiast succeeds in taking the art from the confines of the auditorium into the lap of nature, creating a near-cosmic experience for the performer as well as the audience. Ratna Bharali Talukdar reports.

#Art #Environment #Society
SC verdict puts the spotlight on Bangla immigrants in Assam

Should foreign immigrants in Assam enjoy Indian citizenship as outlined by the Assam Accord and endorsed by Section 6A of the Citizenship Act? Tanvi Bhatikar reports on a recent court ruling that focuses on these questions.

#Government #Human Rights #Laws
Where the boats ferry in good health
HEALTHCARE FOR THE POOR : Where the boats ferry in good health

For the three million plus marginalised people living in Assam's riverine ‘chars’, boat clinics arrive once every month with basic health supplies, services and education. Ratna Bharali Talukdar reports on this innovative healthcare delivery system.

#Public Health #Health #Poverty
NaMo-RaGa brand war drowns out Assam’s cries

The ruling government has seen limited success in some areas, but the state's lingering needs seem to have been forgotten in the war of personalities ahead of the looming parliamentary elections. Ratna Bharali Talukdar has more.

#Elections #Agriculture #Government
Areca nut opens up new horizons for Assamese youth

Eco-friendly disposable plates and bowls made from sheaths of the abundant areca nut plant in rural Assam hold great promise for a lucrative industry with global reach. Ratna Bharali Talukdar reports on the enterprise.

#Agribusiness #Horticulture #Livelihoods #Economy
Big hopes from small tea
TEA CULTIVATION : Big hopes from small tea
The Assamese small tea sector has seen impressive growth over a relatively short span of time, thanks to the efforts of growers and support from the Tea Board. All it needs now is state support to take it to the next level, reports Ratna Bharali Talukdar.
#Livelihoods #Agriculture
Char dwellers turn to sugarcane, but will it be enough?

A number of families residing in the char areas of Assam have apparently staved off misfortune by taking up sugarcane cultivation, but it may require more than just that to stem the trend of migration and improve living conditions in the region. Ratna Bharali Talukdar reports.

#Horticulture #Livelihoods #Poverty
  • Population : 35.6 m (2019 est)
  • Area : 78,438
  • Density : 454/sq. km.
  • Sex Ratio : 958 (2011)
  • Child Sex Ratio : 962 (2011)
  • Literacy : 85.90% (2020)
  • Forest Cover : 36.11% (2019)
  • Lok Sabha MPs : 14
  • Rajya Sabha MPs : 7
  • Human Dev. Report (2012)