Banana is an unavoidable fruit for people of Manipur, says O. LukhoiIMPHAL | Nov 7
Banana festival is an important festival as Ningol Chakkouba approaches said vice-chairman of Manipur Infrastructure Development Agency (MIDA) and MLA, O. Lukhoi while speaking as chief guest in the first Banana festival of the state.
While addressing the gathering during the festival at Longmai common ground, Noney, Lukhoi said that Noney is famous for its banana and if the supply of banana from Noney does not reach Imphal, people may face problem as banana is unavoidable for the Meitei’s in performing ceremonies and rituals.
He also encouraged the people to increase the practice of organic farming of different crops and fruits which will help in economic development. He further said that banana leaves business can also be a source of livelihood.
Appealing the people to stop the use of chemicals, Lukhoi informed that chemicals were not used for cultivations in the past. Use of chemicals and fertilizers has increased in order to produce more products within a short time, which on the other hand affect the health by causing different diseases, he added.
Adding that the present government is moving ahead with organic campaign for horticulture and agriculture, he also informed that eating organic food will not harm any person.
Even fish which are fed natural foods have more taste though it takes longer time in their growth, said Lukhoi.
He also drew the attention of the state government to take initiative in order to increase the number of stalls in the banana festival and to make the festival bigger.
He continued that with the schemes and initiatives taken up by the present government, the gap between the hills and the valley has been minimised to a certain extent. Go to hills is the first initiative of chief minister, N. Biren which the previous government had never done before, he added.
Among 70 stalls, Adinpei Kaneipui of Rangkhung-1, Gailung Gabgmei from Longmai-1 and Danchuiliu Riamei from Rangkhung-1 were declared first, second and third respectively for best banana production in the festival.
Vice-chairman of Manipur State Disaster Management Authority, Adim Pamei, chairman of Autonomous District Council, Tamenglong, Namsinrei Panmei and state executive member of BJP-Kishan Morcha, M. Rameshwar Singh attended the festival as functional president and guests of honour respectively.
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