‘Manipur organic products will reach Dubai soon’

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Imphal: Organic products of Manipur will reach Dubai in two months,  project director of Manipur Organic Mission Agency (MOMA), K. Devadutta said during a 2-day workshop on ‘Role of Media in Organic Farming in Manipur’ on Sunday.

The workshop was conducted at Mountain Mountaineering Institute (MMI) Lamdan, Churachandpur district.

The programme was organised by Khelen Thokchom Trust (KTT) with the support of Manipur Organic Mission Agency (MOMA).

Laboratory testing of Chakhao (black rice) has been conducted and within six months the test result will be delivered. In order to export organic products it is to be 100 per cent organic certified under United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Devadutta said.

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At present under MOMA, central government has approved a total of 37,500 hectares of land for organic farming. Till 2016 farmers producers company (FPC) under MOMA has received around Rs 89 crores as turnover, he said.

Witnessing the growth of organic farming in Manipur and under the advice of chief minister N. Biren Singh  a state organic policy is likely to be implemented within 1-2 years, he added.

Chairman of Poireiton Organic Farmers Producer Company, Sagoltongba, Imphal West, Chongtham Shanta said Manipur farmers will be in vulnerable stage with the coming of railway in Imphal. He said if the farmers of Manipur promote organic farming with proper knowledge of organic farming, the farmers here will be away from such fear.

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Trustee cum advisor of KTT, Irengbam Arun said media need to impart the knowledge of organic farming to promote organic farming apart from the violence news that occurr in the state, unlike in the past decades.

He encoraged journalist in the state to impart the awareness on organic farming while suggesting that media fellowship programmes on the benefit of organic farming need to be initiated.

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