Shyamkumar lauds horti dept for bagging Jaivik India Awards, 2018 in the category of state govt agency for northern & NE states

Imphal, December 31, 2018: Horticulture and Soil Conservation Minister Shri Thounaojam Shyamkumar today lauded and congratulated the officials of Manipur Organic Mission Agency (MOMA) of Horticulture and Soil Conservation Department for winning first position in the Jaivik India Awards, 2018 in the category of State Government Agency for Northern and North Eastern States followed by Uttarakhand and Punjab in the second and the third position respectively.

Speaking at the reception function held at office chamber at New Secretariat, Minster Th. Shyamkumar said the State is proud of the Horticulture and Soil Conservation Department officials especially MOMA for bagging the award. Appreciating the hard work of the organic farmers and department officials, he urged them to continue with their efforts with a mission to make Manipur an organic state.

He said that for the past two and half years, the nodal agency MOMA has been implementing Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North Eastern Region (MOVCDNER) under the Ministry of Agriculture. He said MOMA has a vision to transform Manipur into a healthy and prosperous State through organic agriculture.

The award was presented by Shri Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister for Commerce and Civil Aviation and was received by the department officials led by Shri K Kipgen, Director and Shri K. Debadutta Sharma, Project Director, MOMA at Regency Hyatt, New Delhi on 28th December. From 2017-2018 the Jaivik India Awards is sponsored by International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture (ICCOA) in association with Government of Karnataka, APEDA and organic stakeholders.

MOMA bagged the first position in the category followed by Uttarakhand and Punjab in second and third position respectively.

The reception function was today attended by officials of Horticulture and Soil Conservation Department Shri JC Ramthanga, Principal Secretary (Horticulture and Soil Conservation), Shri K Kipgen, Director, Horticulture and Soil Conservation Department, Shri  K. Debadutta Sharma, MOMA, Project Director among others.  (DIPR)

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