Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh inaugurated a Cow Mela at Oinam Sagol Kangjeibung, Bishnupur district on Thursday.
The mela is part of the inauguration month which is celebrated by the government. It will be conducted every six months and identified cow owners will be awarded with monetary prizes of Rs 1,00,00, Rs 50,000 etc.
The chief minister called against unnecessary selling off of cows. He said the mela will be conducted at different districts.
The DC has been instructed to identify fields for cattle fodder with proper consultation with the MLAs, so that fodder fields and playgrounds can be identified. The major obstacle in rearing cow today is because of lack of fodder, the chief minister said.
He stressed that the main objective behind encouraging cow rearing is to encourage natural and organic farming in the state.
Today there is an increase risks of developing cancer and other critical ailments including diabetes etc. which was unheard of in olden times because today people are consuming vegetables laded with chemicals. Under the supervision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union minister Amit Shah, this is an effort to encourage organic and natural farming by use of cattle manure and other organic fertilizers.
“We are also turning the phumdis from Loktak Lake into organic fertilizers. We have also taken a decision that instead of chemical fertilizer, we will initiate and encourage use of nano-fertilizers,” Biren said.
The government will acquire drones for spraying nano-fertilizers to cover the entire state. “We cannot survive without the farmers.” This is the main reason behind the government’s save agricultural land policy. “We are also putting efforts like encouraging double cropping, distribution of seeds, machineries and building dams to ensure self sufficient production in the state,” he added.