Manipur government to focus on agriculture ‘considering Covid-19 lockdown impact’

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Imphal: Considering the impact of the current nationwide lockdown on the economy, the state government has decided to focus on agricultural and horticultural sectors, Manipur chief N. Biren Singh said on Monday.

Manipur government is determined to make Loktak Lift Irrigation (LLI) system functional so that paddy fields will remain green in lean season too, Biren said.

The functioning of such irrigation system would make the double and triple cropping farming system easier in various areas of the state, he added.

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The priority of the government is to make Manipur a self-sustained and self-sufficient state on food production, he said. He mentioned that a high level task force has also been constituted in this regard.

After due pressure by the state government, central government agencies like NABARD provided a sum of around Rs 47 crores for the revival of the LLI system, he added.

“The government is committed to fulfil all the promises that have been made to the people of the state. The Loktak Lift Irrigation (LLI) scheme is now functional after 14-15 years,” he said.

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Biren Singh along with water resources minister Letpao Haokip inspected the Loktak Lift Irrigation (LLI) system located at Ningthoukhong, Bishnupur district.

Letpao said good irrigation system is a must to become self-sufficient food production in the state. He also informed that the remaining six pumps of the LLI will be functional soon.

The Loktak Lift Irrigation scheme was inaugurated in 1981 with the objective to provide irrigation to various parts of the state.

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