CM Biren launches Direct Benefit Transfer for organic farmers

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Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh on Thursday launched the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) for 18,000 registered farmers under horticulture department for Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North Eastern Region (MOVCDNER), Phase- III (2020-23), at the chief minister’s secretariat.

Direct Benefit Transfer of Rs. 11,250 per farmer for the components of assistance for on-farm input for both first year and second year and for off-farm inputs production for first year was transferred to the individual registered farmer’s account today. Another Rs 3750 will be transferred to the farmers in the next installment.

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There are altogether 25,000 farmers under Phase-III MOVCDNER, Manipur including 7000 farmers registered under agriculture department and 18,000 farmers under horticulture department.

Biren appreciated farmers turning towards organic farming. He called on all farmers to focus on organic farming and support the government’s mission to convert the state into a total organic state within the next five years.

Stressing on the negatives of chemical fertilizers, the chief minister said chemical fertilizers affect our health. He further noted the need to convert to organic farming and said that organic farming is in fact easy as preparation of organic manure using kitchen waste and leaf debris is quite easy.

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He expressed his belief to witness an increase in the number of farmers, production and areas covered under the scheme by next year.

Horticulture is very much related to livelihood and health, he said, explaining that the department provides livelihood avenues to uneducated youth and encouraging organic farming helps in improving the health of the people. The horticulture department has a major role in making Manipur self-reliant, improving the state’s economy and health sector, he added.

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The chief minister also stressed on the government’s stand on corruption and said the government recruitments will only be merit based and there will be no corruption. He urged upon the people to be part of the change. He said the DBT system hinders corruption and there is no harassment in the system.

The launching programme was also attended by horticulture and soil  onservation minister Letpao Haokip, additional chief secretary, horticulture and soil conservation P. Vaiphei horticulture and soil  onservation director Honey Chara, officials of MOMA, among others.

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