The agriculture department is targeting to bring more areas under double cropping in the coming years by improving irrigation facilities so that the farmers of Manipur can increase production, Agriculture Minister O Lukhoi said on Monday.
Lukhoi said also announced annual achievements made by the department with support from various farmers of Manipur at state Bharatiya Janata Party office located at Nityaipat Chuthek, Keishampat, Imphal.
Lukhoi said that this year Manipur received ‘Krishi Karman Award’ for highest productivity of Rice and Pulses to the tune of 2,570 kilograms per hectare and 960 kilograms per hectare respectively against the national average of 2,475 kilograms per hectare and 779 kilograms per hectare respectively.
The award was handed over to all awardees, states and progressive farmers by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Tumkur district, Karnataka on January 2, 2020. For the state, the award was received by the chief minister, the then agriculture minister, commissioner (agriculture) and director of the agriculture department. The award consisted of Rs 5 crore, a trophy and citation, he said.
In addition to the award, two progressive farmers of the state were also awarded ‘Agriculture Minister’s Krishi Karman Award’ of Rs 2 lakh each for highest production in Rice and Pulses during 2017-18, Lukhoi added.