Pothashang News Service: Imphal, June 24, 2018: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh today said Agar cultivation would provide a new ray of hope to the villagers for a sustainable economic development in the state.
Biren Singh was at the launching of ‘Agar Tree Plantation in Manipur’ held at Langol Reserved Forest, Luwangshangbam, Imphal.
The function was organised by forest department and Joint Forest Management Committee, Luwangshangbam.
Biren said it is an initiative to provide alternative livelihood to the villagers who had earlier practised poppy cultivation in the state. Moreover, such plantation would also save the environment and from further deforestation etc. in the state, he added.
Saying that around three lakh Agar saplings would be planted across the state Biren sought people’s support for the success of such initiative of the government.
Mentioning about the ‘Go to Village’ mission, Biren said that most of the pending grievances have been delivered. The next ‘Go to Village’ camp would be held on June 26 across the state.
Minister for forest and environment Th.Shyamkumar said that such initiative will also create awareness about the importance of the Agar cultivation, afforestration among the people of the state.
Deputy Speaker K. Robindro Singh, PCCF and HoFF K. Angami, officials of forest department and locals of Luwangshangbam attended the tree plantation.