Distributed winter seeds to 5940 farmers in Manipur
On Tuesday Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh along with his cabinet colleagues distributed winter seeds to 5940 farmers of the state.
The seeds were distributed under Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) in a function held at Farmers’ Training Hall, Horticulture Farm at Khonghampat in Imphal West district on Tuesday.
The seeds were distributed under the area expansion programme of vegetables of MIDH 2020-21 to meet the emergent requirement of the prevailing situation due to COVID-19.
The state horticulture and soil conservation department has selected 5940 farmers to cover 2970 hectares for this purpose.
Addressing the occasion,Singh said that the state government was concentrating on horticulture and agriculture sectors to become self-reliant in food production.
Informing that different committees were formed to enhance production so that import of at least some food items from other states can be stopped, the chief minister expressed hope that the mission would definitely be successful in the near future.
He informed that export of horticulture items like ginger, pineapple and orange had considerably increased in the past two-three years.
Sating that all these were possible due to the hard work of farmers, the chief minister assured that the government would always extend all possible support to farmers,
In this regard, he stressed the need for personal interaction by the ministers with the people and farmers at the grassroots level.
The chief minister further said that one each cold storage was being constructed in Imphal East, Imphal West and Churachandpur districts.
Singh assured that the cold storage facility at Food Park, Nilakuthi in Imphal East would also be upgraded, while also announcing that Khonghampat lake would be developed to attract tourists.
Most of the cabinet ministers and some MLAs of the ruling parties and top officials of the state government attended the occasion.