Pothashang News Service: Imphal, March 3, 2020: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh instructed officials to organise mass awareness campaign in various rural and hill areas and educational institutions about the potential and benefits of ethanol production from cassava during the first general body meeting of Manipur State Biofuel Board at his secretariat on Tuesday.
The meeting discussed about the potential benefits of processing of cassava (locally known as U-mangra) into biofuel.
Biren told the officials to identify the habitation areas and to prepare a detailed project report. He suggested to form a Technical Committee consisting of experts, scientists, professors etc. He also opined that cassava cultivation can also provide an alternative livelihood to poppy growers.
Experts in the meeting maintained that cassava plants are ready for harvest in 6 to 7 months after planting. It would also address issues such as climate change, environmental degradation, poverty alleviation, rural development etc. The meeting also discussed about the prospects of biofuel production from phumdis of Loktak lake.
Cassava is abundantly grown in various parts of the state.