Manipur farmers must adopt unique farming methods to achieve better crop yields which will push the growth of the state’s economy, joint director, ICAR, RC, Manipur Centre, I Meghachandra.
“To bring better agricultural yields for a better economy a different perspective is needed,” Meghachandra said at an awareness programme on “Quality Seed Production” held on Saturday in Ukhrul.
Most of the areas of Manipur are in hilly region and due to that, a unique method of agriculture and high value crops are needed to be planted for profitable farming instead of imitating other methods from outside the state, he said.
Under the Institute of Seed Science, ICAR has been trying to produce paddy and spices having high value crops especially for the hilly regions of Northeast.
Similarly, ICAR, Manipur, in collaboration with different KVKs of Manipur, are trying to produce paddy and other spices having high crop value especially that suits the geographical climate of Manipur, he added.
To bring more agricultural products, various awareness-cum-training programmes have been conducted to educate the farmers on achieving double income which is a vision of the present government, he added.
The programme was conducted at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Ukhrul located at the complex of ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Manipur Centre on Saturday in a bid to help farmers produce better crop yield and good quality seed.
The one-day programme was jointly organised by ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Manipur Centre, Imphal, the Institute of Cooperative Management, Imphal and the Alumni Association of Agriculture College, Imphal.
Head of KVK, Ukhrul, Solei Luiram; SMS of KVK Ukhrul, Ajit Botanico Calgri; Project Manager of Canada, O Gunamani; professor of CAU, Imphal, A Herojit; director ICM, Joychandra and professor of CAU, Imphal, L Nabachandra participated the programme.
Farmers, mainly from Hungpung, participated while experts delivered speeches on how to prevent insects, pests and to produce better yields.