Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh inaugurated organic outlets at Pune and Bengaluru via video conferencing and flagged off a consignment of 10 MT of GI tagged organic Chak-hao (black rice) to Europe in a function held at the chief minister’s secretariat on Wednesday.
The organic outlets at Pune and Bengaluru were opened by Manipur Organic Mission Agency (MOMA) under Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North Eastern Region (MOVCDNER), Manipur to export and promote organic products of the state in different parts of the country.
Export of Chak-hao to Europe is done by Freshies Fresh under Nahakpam Food and Beverages, Imphal through Organic Foods Pvt. Ltd., Kolkata. This highly nutritious rice variety is grown by organic farmers/organic FPCs of Chakhao Poireiton Organic Producer Company Ltd., Imphal West supported by Green Foundation, Imphal under MOVCDNER, Manipur.
Biren exhorted the agriculture and horticulture entrepreneurs to apply for financial assistance from StartUp and other government schemes. MOMA has been exporting the state’s indigenous organic items like ginger, pineapple, chak-hao, etc. to different parts of the country and abroad, he said. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the state has been able to export different organic items worth Rs. 68 crore in the past few years, he added.
Manipur has considerably increased the production of fish and horticulture and agriculture items. Maintaining that there is a need for giving thrust to horticulture and agriculture sectors for economic prosperity, the chief minister said that several tube-wells and check dams are being constructed for it in different parts of the state.
He said organic outlets would be opened in other cities as well.