Imphal: “Manipur government is planning to establish a beer factory in the state using locally produced raw ingredients like pineapple and ginger,” chief minister N. Biren Singh said on Friday.
The chief was speaking on liquor production for export during a programme at City Convention.
He said as people from outside the state are becoming fond of our horticulture products, our local brews could be exported outside. This would also encourage those people who had earlier carried Poppy plantations to replace it with alternative crops like pineapple and ginger.
“There would be certain regulations on sale of liquor regarding place of sale, age regulation etc,” the chief minister said.
Speaking on the recent lifting of prohibition on sale and consumption of liquor from the state, he said the Cabinet decision was taken after holding thorough discussion and taking recommendation from committees formed earlier in this regard.
Some communities have been producing local liquor as part of their custom and as such the government has not been able to ban such production. Therefore, a team from outside the state has been engaged to check the process of the production in such places and to bring up to a certain level of standard so that the liquors could be exported outside the state.
The state government has taken the step not only for earning revenue but also considering the health of people. The government is drafting a rule in this regard and sought suggestions from civil society organisations and experts, Biren said.