Imphal, April 20 (DIPR): Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh inaugurated the first ever State-level Ginger Festival Cum Business Summit at Parbung in Pherzawl District today.
Speaking on the occasion as the Chief Guest, he announced that a ginger processing unit having solar drier system and packaging units would be set up at Parbung at the earliest.
He also announced that the Government has earmarked Rs. 75 lakh for ginger farming at 200 hectares of land under Mission Organic at the area. Expressing hope that it would largely benefit the villagers, Shri N. Biren Singh said that out of this total amount, Rs. 35 lakh would be provided as Grants to farmers.
Mentioning about rich floras and natural resources of the State, the Chief Minister said that the State would host a World Bamboo Conference in February next year. Around 100 delegates from different countries would participate in the conference, he added.
In this regard, Shri N. Biren asked the officials of Forest and Horticulture Departments and DCs concerned to have regular deliberations to make the conference fruitful.
As the ginger price fixed by the villagers of the district is higher than the market price, the State Government has decided to contribute Rs. 20 lakh to ensure profit to the villagers for this year, the Chief Minister said.
He also said that Rs. 10 crore has been earmarked to construct cold storages at 13 different places of the State.
The Chief Minister stated that the State Government has decided to launch ‘Go to Village’ mission in order to ensure delivering the benefits of different social security schemes of the Government at grassroots level.
Regarding mobile network and internet connectivity, Shri N. Biren Singh said that BSNL would take up necessary steps to enhance internet connectivity at the area.
Speaking on the occasion, Horticulture and Soil Conservation Minister Shri Th. Shyamkumar said that Horticulture and Soil Conservation Department has been able to work closely and in better co-ordination with the people of different districts with the coming of the new Government.
Demands for ginger is generally high but the State has failed in marketing part due to different reasons, he said while adding that the new Government would channelize marketing of different horticulture products now.
Under the abled leadership and supervision of the Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh, all the Ministers and officials of different Departments are travelling nook and corner of the State to address the needs and grievances of the people, he added.
Works Minister Shri Th. Biswajit, Manipur Tribal Development Corporation (MTDC) Chairman and Thanlon AC MLA Vungzagin Valte, Chief Secretary Dr. J. Suresh Babu and other high ranking officials of the State Government also attended the function.
Cultural extravaganza, products exhibition, seminar/workshop and musical night etc are the main highlights of the two-day festival organised by the Ginger Festival Organising Committee with an objective to encourage ginger growers and promote organic high quality ginger of the State to the world.