Imphal: Minister for agriculture Oinam Lukhoi Singh on Wednesday handed over Chak-hao (Black Rice) Poireiton seeds to farmers of Kumbi, Bishnupur district.
Lukhoi interacted with the farmers and noted their concerns and grievances in regards to seeds and fertilizers distribution.
The department always works in the interest of the farmers and further informed that the seeds and fertilizers are purchased by the department from the government approved agencies to give to the farmers at subsidized rates, he said.
To provide quality paddy seeds to farmers, the minister asserted that he will consult with the chief minister N. Biren Singh to propose for setting up of seed testing laboratory under department of agriculture.
He inspected the paddy fields located in and around Kumbi during the visit.
The seeds were distributed in the presence of MLA, Thanga AC T. Robindro Singh, director, agriculture, Kh. Lalmani Singh, district agriculture officer, Bishnupur, Sumendra and concerned officials of the department.