MOREH, MARCH 13, 2018: Commerce, Textiles and Industries Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit Singh today launched the first ever cotton plantation of Manipur at Kwatha village, Tengnoupal district. Speaking during a function as the chief guest, the Minister said the cotton plantation will help in reducing unemployment and provide jobs to the local farmers and improve the economy of the village. He also said that the village is suitable for cotton plantation as the germination process takes lesser time as compared to the standard time. The plantation will also help in reviving the spinning mill of the State, he added.
The Minister also said that to bring development in the region, education is necessary. He said the Government is committed to serve the poorest of the poor and the needy. He said that the cotton plantation will be successful and there is planning to buy back the cotton from the farmers. He also said that the bamboo shoot products like “soibum” needs better packaging to attract buyers which will improve the economic condition of Kwatha village.
The Minister highlighted various schemes including Ujaala Yojana, Saubhagya Yojana and urged the villagers to take advantage of the various social schemes launched by the Government. Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit Singh also said that the new Government has achieved to bridge the gap between the hills and the valley and have succeeded in restoring peace, bringing development in the State. He urged the villagers to give up the habit of imposing bandh and blockage as it brings no solution. He gave assurance that black topping at the approach road will be done soon under PMGSY Phase 11 batch 2. The Minister said the development is possible in the region if the people continue with their hard work and take benefits of the schemes.
Shri Lamlee Kamei, Director, Handloom and Textiles highlighted the benefits of cotton plantation. He informed the villagers that cotton seeds will be provided free of cost for 1hectare each household.