Full load 30 trucks of fertilizers are on the way from Dimapur to Imphal and will reach soon after which sufficient fertilizers will be available. It was stated by the Agriculture, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Minister Shri V.Hangkhanlian during the foundation stone laying function of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Institute of Agricultural Sciences at Utlou, Bishnupur district on Monday.
Attending the function as a chief guest, the Minister said, “The state of Manipur has faced hardship to obtain fertilizers due to flood and landslide along the National Highways, although the department has taken steps and distributed fertilizers to the farmers as far as possible.”
Speaking at the function, the Minister said that it is the first ever institute of agricultural sciences that is inaugurated with the blessings of Manipur University and holds a landmark for agricultural sector of the State. The present geographical area of Manipur is 22, 327 sq. kms , out of this, 2.3 Lakh hectares of land is under cultivation of different crops, about 1.95 Lakh hectares is under rice cultivation and the rest are under cultivation of different varieties of crops. Since the land is limited & decreasing day by day due to encroaching by human beings for dwelling places, industrial purposes & farm institutes, we have no option for doubling the land. Instead, we have to double the technologies & technocrats which are available within the human resources. With the coming up of this science institution, the technologies & expertise, our production will be increased.
Even though the Government of India could not provide policy for the whole country yet, we have consultants, experts & scientists available in our State to make strategies for doubling the farmers’ production by the year 2022. In Manipur, it has recently been achieved within 100 days of formation of the Government by distributing paddy saplings and tractors to the farmers.
He thanked the authorities of the institution for establishing such an important institute with the aim of providing expertise & technologies for the agricultural sector of the State.
The function was graced by Vice-Chancellor, Manipur University, Prof. Adya Prasad Pandey; Joint Director, ICAR, NEH Region, Manipur Centre, Dr.Narendra Prakash; Director,CDC, Manipur University, Prof.Th Ratankumar; Ex-Union Minister Th Chaoba and Ex-MLA, Dr. Nimaichand Luwang as President and Guests of Honour respectively.
Classes will commence from the 16th of this month .The starting of courses in this institution will help to solve a little problem of admission outside the State. (DIPR)