Imphal, January 7, 2018: Horticulture and Soil Conservation minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar has appealed the farmers to start using vermin-compost instead of health hazardous chemical fertilizers in their farms, as he inaugurated two new markets in Bishnupur and Imphal West.
Vermi-compost is the fertilizer product of the composting process using various species of worms, usually red wigglers, white worms, and other earthworms, to create a mixture of decomposing vegetable or food waste, bedding materials, and vermicast.
The minister inaugurated the markets constructed under the Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) 2016-2017 at Nambol Chingmang, Bishnupur district and Khonghampat Mantri Lekai, Imphal West. The horticulture and soil conservation department provided Rs 13.75 lakh each for the markets.
Shyamkumar said the department has been sincerely working and providing benefits of various schemes to the people of the state by strictly following the guidelines of the ministry. The rural market will help in providing livelihood to the people of the area and help in reducing the vendors’ congestion in Imphal. It will also ease the problems of the local farmers and vendors, he added.
He asked the authorities to submit list of vendors so that the department can help in providing loans and added that the loans must be repaid on time. He also announced that the forest department will work for the development and proper maintenance of the surroundings of the Maibam Lotpa Ching, Nambol.
Shyamkumar who also holds the portfolio of MAHUD promised to install bio-toilet in the market in consultation with the department officials and appealed to keep the markets clean. The bio-toilet was introduced in Imphal city on Friday.
He said in order to boost tourism, the departments under him will renovate and clean the Laikolpat situated at the Khonghampat Awang Leikai. He appealed to the people of the locality to help in keeping the Laikolpat clean and asked them to plant trees. He later inspected the Laikolpat along with the local MLA S. Rajen Singh.