Pothashang News Service: Imphal, June 1, 2018: Pherzwal District Agro Producers Development Society today signed a memorandum of understanding with the MSTC Ltd. (a government of India enterprise) in presence of horticulture and soil conservation minister Th. Shyamkumar at his office here.
VL Keivom signed the memorandum representing the farmers of Pherzawl while Soukat Das, branch manager, Guwahati, for the MSTC Ltd.
Shyamkumar said as a follow up programme of the Ginger Festival cum Business Summit held on April 20 at Parbung, Pherzawl district, the department and its Manipur Organic Mission Agency (MOMA) has come up with the initiative for the farmers as they were searching for a market place.
He said the memorandum was signed between the Pherzwal District Agro Producers Development Society and MSTC Ltd. (Kolkata) under the ministry of steel. MSTC Ltd. will buy 1,000 metric tons of organic ginger from the farmers at the price of Rs 19 per kg, amounting to Rs 1.90 crore. Expressing happiness that the signing of the memorandum will help in generating income for the farmers, especially for the farmers of Parbung,
Shyamkumar said his department will also undertake such initiatives in other districts.
K. Debadutta Sharma, mission director, MOMA said the MSTC Ltd. will lift the first consignment onJune 20, he said per day 32 kg of ginger will be procured from the farmers for a month. Once the consignment is lifted, immediate payment will be made through the account of the farmers registered in the web portal of the MSTC Ltd. Further, the products will be sold through e-auction on MSTC Ltd web portal.
He said the MSTC Ltd. procures products from a group of farmers/farmers producers organization / farmers producers company who are registered in the web portal following certain criteria involving testing of the products. He said the farmers have to bear the transportation charge till Churachandpur, from where the company will lift the consignment to Kolkata at their own expense.
Debadutta Sharma opined that if quality management and consistency are streamlined than there is a potential for a big market place in the next coming years for organic products of the state including turmeric, pineapple among others.