Pothashang News Service: Imphal, February 13, 2020: Manipur government had submitted a Rs 260-crore proposal to the Centre for construction of ground water pumping sites for irrigation, chief minister N.Biren Singh said at the Anganphou Hunba (sowing of first crop paddy) programme Arapti Mayai Leikai Tanakha Pat in Imphal East on Thursday.
The programme was organised by Arapti Urup Farmers’ Association under the supervision of Keirao AC MLA L. Rameshwor.
Spreading the idea of making Manipur a self-reliant state in food grains production, Biren with Rameshwor and MLA Md. Abdul Nasir sowed the first handful of paddy seeds to mark the beginning of farming first crop paddy for this year. Farming of RCM-12 rice variety would be done in around 20 hectares of Urup and Arapti while wheat would be grown in around 10 hectares.
Biren said the state can save a huge amount of money giving a boost to the economy if Manipur can reduce import of food grains and other essential items from other states. There is need to encourage using of items produced in the state so that money is not drained out, he added.
Around new 250 check dams would be constructed and RLI schemes located at different parts of the state would be made fully functional, the chief minister said.