Governor inaugurates International Conference on Natural Farming & Resilient Agriculture
Imphal, 17th March, 2023: Governor of Manipur Sushri Anusuiya Uikey inaugurated an International Conference on the theme “Natural farming for Revitalizing Environment and Resilient Agriculture” at the auditorium of Central Agricultural University (CAU) in Imphal today. Governor also opened an exhibition on natural farming products of innovative farmers from Manipur and other North Eastern States.
Speaking at the inaugural function, Governor said, nowadays people are cautious about their health and taking care even in food mostly after the Covid-19 pandemic. She said, keeping in view of the ill effects, people are avoiding in-organic foods and all are talking about organic foods which are free from fertilizers and pesticides. Therefore, large scale adoption of natural farming processes will be the best option available to cater the need of people. Governor continued that modern agriculture has increased the rate of food production and made the country self-sufficient but at the same time we are facing many problems. By using fertilizers and pesticides, soil degradation has been increased and also causing pollution to our environment.
Governor further stated that, keeping in view of such situations, NITI Aayog organized a national consultation in which Indian natural farming system was discussed. Indian Council of Agricultural Research constituted a committee to develop natural farming courses and materials at UG and PG level. Vice Chancellor of CAU, Imphal, Dr. Anupam Mishra was appointed as Member Secretary. Ms. Anusuiya said, to promote natural farming in the country schemes like National Agriculture Development Scheme and Indian Natural farming System have been introduced and a total of Rs.4980.99 lakh was released. The government has set a target of helping one crore farmer to adopt natural farming in the next three years, she added. Governor expressed confidence that deliberations in the convention will yield good steps which will help to develop natural farming not only in India but also in many countries in the world.
Works Minister Govindas Konthoujam while speaking at the function said, as a result of technological advancement and technical know-how, agricultural production has been increased considerably. But there have been many issues on health and environment. Therefore, natural farming is the best farming method and it is to be developed to new heights. Nishikant Singh Sapam, MLA, also spoke on the importance of irrigation in the development of agriculture in the State.
Dr. Anupam Mishra, Vice-Chancellor, CAU, Imphal, Dr. P.S.Pandey, Vice-Chancellor, RLBCAU, Pusa, Bihar, Dr. Indira Sarangthem, Dean, College of Agriculture, CAU, delegates from within and outside the country and students attended the function. Delegates from Bangladesh, Nepal, Singapore, Thailand, Germany, England and U.S., will be participating in eight technical sessions in the three days conference which is being organised by Central Agricultural University, Iroisemba, Imphal.