Agriculture, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Minister Shri V. Hangkhanlian asked the flood affected farmers not to panic thinking that they would lose everything due to their agricultural lands submerged by the recent monsoon rain. The Minister was on a visit to the site of the Raising of Community Nursery, conducted by Department of Agriculture, Government of Manipur, at Haotal, Pangei today. The Minister dispersed variety of seeds of rice such as RCM-10 and RCM-12 at the Nursery.
While replying questions about compensation raised by Media Persons, the Minister said that compensation for the flood affected farmers under natural calamity relief fund was already claimed to the Central Government and would be given if and when the assistance fund is available. The government has taken up every possible way to provide the needs of the farmers. Steps have been taken up to purchase alternative crops, in case, the farmers could not sow after the flood situation improved, the Minister added.
The Minister was accompanied by Agriculture Director Dr. Ph. Rajendro Singh on his visit to the site. He said that efforts are being taken up to grow hybrid rice in selected areas of Imphal East & West, Thoubal district etc. as the Government will not be able to cover the whole of Manipur because of the prevailing situation. The productivity of the cultivation of the hybrid seed, although a notified variety, is not predictable as the cultivation will be for the first time. The Department is trying to cultivate these crops in the elevated areas in flooded fields also. If the flood remained the same till the month of August, we have no option but to purchase other alternative crops, he added. (DIPR)