Imphal: In this hour of Covid-19 pandemic the state government has decided to give more emphasis on agriculture and horticulture sectors in the state, Manipur chief ninister N. Biren Singh said at the inauguration of Plant Health Clinic at the directorate of horticulture and soil conservation, Sanjenthong, Imphal on Monday.
The state government has formed a task force to boost the horticulture and agriculture sectors, Biren said.
He said the priority of the government is to make Manipur a self sufficient and self reliant region. The government has taken up all the necessary steps in this regard, he added.
The economic growth of the state lies in the growth of sectors like agriculture, horticulture and MSME, he said.
Appreciating the officials of the horticulture department, the chief minister said it is indeed an encouraging initiative taken up by the department to set up such plant clinic which would provide plant health diagnostic services to farmers. He advised the officials of the department to conduct awareness campaigns about such clinic among the farmers.
Biren informed that most of the indigenous crops and fruits are disappearing due to the lack of scientific research and practices. He urged to tey to avoid the usage of chemical fertilizers during cultivation of crops, he added. He hinted that many unknown diseases might have occurred due to the usage of toxic chemicals and fertilizers.
On the Covid-19 cases in the state, Biren said, “We have to learn to live with the virus.”
He appealed to the people to wear face masks, hand sanitizers and maintain social distancing.
Strongly condemning the act of the inmates residing at Waikhom Mani Girls College quarantine centre, Thoubal for vandalizing college properties yesterday, Biren asked the parents of the inmates of quarantine centers to advise their wards to maintain discipline, co-operation and adhere to the SOPs issued by the government.
He said in such short period of 5 days, more than 35,000 natives have been returned to the state. He sought the cooperation and support of the people in the fight against dreaded disease.
The chief minister also launched a mobile soil testing laboratory van.