Central Agricultural University director of Extension Education Ph Ranjit Sharma on Saturday stated that the economic trajectory of farmers in Manipur could skyrocket if farmers cultivated according to market demands of the state.
He was speaking as the chief guest at the 4th Foundation day observance of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS), Manipur held at Manipur Press Club, Majorkhul, Imphal.
The director exhorted farmers of Manipur to keep their fields green with seasonal produce to sustain the fertility of the soil. He maintained that farmers should keep tabs of the state’s market demands and cultivate accordingly.
“There are several farmers in Manipur who have grown tremendously because of this knowledge, numerous farmers are experimenting with sweet corn plantations which have high profit margin on the market,” he said.
He further advised farmers to experiment with quick yielding rice species which can be planted during off season from the high yielding variety. Ranjit also added that numerous plant species can be cultivated as alternatives to poppy plantations including maize, sweet potato among others.
“Simply demanding alternatives is not enough; farmers have to research and find out the best suited produce for their region,” he said.
He further exhorted farmers to explore the wide spectrum of different farming techniques and garner knowledge to improve their cultivation methods.
President of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh N Indubosn Singh, Manipur Prant Karvah RSS S Tarunkumar Sharma and Bharatiya Kisan Sangh general secretary T Dara singh among others were present during the observance.
Various agricultural inputs were also distributed to farmers during the event.