Imphal: Manipur chief minister on Sunday distributed power tillers, tractors, brush cutters, quality planting materials, etc. to different Farmers’ Producer Companies (FPCs) in a function organised by the department of horticulture and soil conservation at its office premises at Sanjenthong.
Under Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North Eastern Region (MOVCDNER), the chief minister handed over one power tiller, one brush cutter and some other inputs to seven Farmers’ Producer Companies for the year 2019-20.
He also distributed subsidised 40 power tillers and 20 tractors under Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) 2019-20, and also handed out quality planting materials under these two missions to different farmers and FPCs at the function.
Biren said the state has seen a fast improvement in organic farming in the past few years.
Union ministry of agriculture and farmers welfare approved only 15,000 hectares of land for organic farming in the state under Phase-II of MOVCDNER.
However, considering the progress of this sector in the past couple of years, the ministry had approved 25,000 hectares and 50 FPCs for growing ginger, turmeric, kiwi, passion-fruit, pineapple, king chilli, chakhao, HYV paddy and maize for the years 2020-21 to 2022-23 under the Phase-III of MOVCDNER, he informed.
Biren urged the people to be sincere, hard working and committed no matter in what profession they are. He said that no community in this world can match the people of the state in any field if they work hard with conviction and sincerity.
Talent of Manipuri people, culture, arts, crafts and indigenous produces are well acknowledged by the people of other states and countries, he said.
Stating that it has been his belief that Manipur would prosper when horticulture plants are abundantly grown in the hills of the state, the chief minister exhorted the hill-people to grow plants like turmeric, ginger, pineapple, banana etc. instead of poppy plants.
Lauding the department for taking up many encouraging tasks in the past few years, he also assured that the present government would never indulge in any form of nepotism in awarding promotion and rewards to any employee of the state government.
Later, the chief minister inspected the condition of the office of Manipur Food and Medicinal Plants Processing and Cold Storage Co-operative Society Ltd. located at Lamphelpat.