CM inaugurates new building of Horti dept
Horticulture sector key to state’s economic prosperity: CM
IMPHAL | Jul 18
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh inaugurated the newly constructed building of directorate of Horticulture and Soil Conservation at Sanjenthong, Imphal East District today.
Speaking at the occasion as the chief guest, N. Biren said that the State needs to focus on some specific items like pineapple, lemon, orange, ginger and yongchak etc., which are suitable to the soil of the State, for economic prosperity.
He informed that since 2015-16, Manipur Organic Mission Agency (MOMA) had been able to register 12,500 organic farmers covering 12,500 hectare in the State. Under this mission, the CM said, 10 Farmer Producer Companies (FPC) had been formed, and an additional five more FPCs are in the process of forming.
As a marketing achievement, N. Biren informed, around 150 MT of organic pineapples was airlifted to Delhi and other cities last year which hugely benefitted the pineapple growers. Currently, consignment of organic Manipur pineapple to marketing platforms such as Big Basket and NE Agro Products through flight is taking place for sale at major cities in India, he added.
Stating that the government had also been actively working for upliftment of ginger growers of Pherzawl District, CM said that the government had been able to link buyers with ginger growers this year. Around 4000 MT of ginger had been marketed outside the state fetching more than Rs. 12 crore this year. In 2018, sale of 1000 MT of ginger was made by MSTC Ltd., a Government of India company fetching Rs. 1.9 crore, he informed.
Saying that organic produce of Manipur had been exported to different countries, Biren said that organic U-morok had reached Australia, Canada and USA. Directorate of Horticulture and Soil Conservation had acquired Geographical Indication (GI) tag for Kachai lemon, he said and added that now Kachai lemon has become the only lemon variety of India to have a GI tag.
The chief minister said that MOMA was awarded with the prestigious Jaivik India Awards by International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture (ICCOA), Government of Karnataka and APEDA for efforts and achievements in promoting organic farming in the State.
Maintaining that the government always welcomes agro-entrepreneurs, who are willing to invest efforts in horticulture opportunities, he said that Manipur State Co-operative Bank Ltd. had recently provided loan to an apple grower. Last year as well, financial assistance of around Rs. 95 lakh had been provided under StartUp Manipur to a strawberry grower, he informed.
Biren further said that cold storage infrastructures are being set up in various districts for the convenience of farmers. After amending the Indian Forest Act, 1927, bamboo is no more categorised as a tree. As such, bamboo can now be grown in private or homestead land for livelihood or sale, he added. Stating that large scale destruction of forest cover due to poppy cultivation leads to environment degradation and climate change, Biren said that the state government is trying to provide alternative livelihood based on horticulture farming to poppy growers.
Regarding the inconvenience faced by the public due to potholes on different roads, the chief minister said that government is aware of the pressing need for immediate mending of potholes on the important roads in the district headquarters. To effectively implement the works, necessary directives had been given to upload photos of roads before and after repair, in the WhatsApp group of PWD, he said. Bills for these maintenance works would be cleared by Superintending Engineers concerned posted at different divisions of PWD, he added.
Speaking at the function as the guest of honour, Horticulture and Soil Conservation minister, Th. Shyamkumar said that development of horticulture sector can make Manipur an economically self-reliant state. For this, he said, experts of Directorate of Horticulture and Soil Conservation need to give proper training to farmers regularly.
Principal secretary (Horticulture and Soil Conservation), J.C. Ramthanga was the functional president. Horticulture and Soil Conservation director, K. Kipgen, past directors and other officials of the directorate also attended the function.
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