The Irabot Foundation Manipur (IFM) has called for framing of a comprehensive agricultural policy.
Led by its president Kh Gopen Luwang, IFM submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister N Biren Singh and Agriculture Minister Th Biswajit Singh on Sunday,
The IFM said the memorandum was drafted after suggestions from resource persons, farmer leaders and CSO leaders during the fourth meeting of the farmers on natural farming and irrigation of Manipur.
The 10-point memorandum includes taking up measures to restore Manipur's natural farming system, provide irrigation facilities for farmers on a war footing and investigate the failure of irrigation canals in Manipur, formulate a water policy and rejuvenate all traditional water bodies in Manipur, to declare Manipur an organise state by 2024, formulate a farmer's Agricultural Market Policy in the morning, protection and preservation of all arable and agricultural land, framing policy for land use.
It also called for ensuring the best utilisation of land in both hills and valleys of the state, establishing facility to preserve indigenous and traditional seeds, allocate more fund in agricultural, horticulture, veterinary and fisheries, minor irrigation, Command Area Development Agency Department, to fill up the sanction post vacant in these departments and address the impacts of climate change on indigenous agricultural and the increased patterns of disaster such as drought and flood in Manipur.