The Ministry of Agriculture has finally included Assam in the list of eastern States to be covered by the second Green Revolution.

State Agriculture Minister Pramila Rani Brahma told journalists that Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has informed Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi that Assam was also made a part of the initiative.

Ms. Brahma said Assam was initially not included in the list. Mr. Gogoi had written a letter to Mr. Pawar in this regard.

A panel of experts would be constituted to seek their expertise on the implementation of second Green Revolution in the State.

Among the eastern States, Assam has received the best performance award for National Food Security Mission (NFSM)- rice in 13 NFSM districts.

The mission aims at, among others, increasing the production and productivity of rice. Rice productivity in the 13 districts — Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Darrang, Dhemaji Goalpara, Karbi Anglong, Kokrajhar, Lakhimpur, Morigaon, Nagaon, Nalbari, Sonitpur and Tinsukia — had fallen below the State average.