Regional Saras Fair launched

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, February 28, 2020: Manipu rural development and Panchayati Raj minister Thongam Biswajit Singh inaugurated Regional SARAS Fair, 2020 at the Hapta Kangjeibung, here on Friday.

Altogether 106 stalls including six stalls of offices were opened in the fair.

It was organised by the Manipur State Rural Livelihoods Mission (MSRLM) under the National Rural Livelihoods Mission. It will continue till March 8.

Biswajit said the fair will be held twice a year from this year. In previous years the fair couldn’t be conducted twice due to certain factors like lack of man-power, financial constraints, he added.

He said that the mission is currently implemented in some blocks of Tengnoupal and Imphal East.

Manipur is facing unemployment problem, however, today under the mission trainings have been provided to many women and helped them create not only Self Help Groups but also created Village Level Federations. The DDU-GYK is also a part of the NRLM, he added.

Biswajit expressing the need for value added training said that in the beginning, people tend to consider quantity more important, however, once they receive the required trainings and financial assistance they should focus more on quality to gain market for which value added training is required.

MANITRON and MANIDCO chairman and MLA, Dr. Radheshyam Yumnam said the fair provides a marketing platform for the artisans as well as encourage and promote them. This fair also provides a platform for the artisans to exchange ideas, he added.

Manipur State Khadi Village Industries Board chairman and MLA, L. Radhakishore Singh said the board has initiated cotton plantation at 10,000 acres of land in Jiribam this year and this will help in reviving the state’s spinning mill.

He said the board will also take up coffee plantation in the hills to substitute poppy plantation and is aiming to plant 7 lakhs saplings this year.

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