Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on December 21 transferred a total of Rs 125.95 lakh to the bank accounts of 210 farmers of Senapati, Churachandpur, Tamenglong and Chandel districts under two different schemes of tribal affairs and hills department.
Implementing agency of these two schemes – cultivation of high-tech banana in hill districts and development and income generation through promotion and preservation of indigenous produce king chilli (U-Morok) is Manipur Organic Mission Agency (MOMA) of horticulture and soil conservation department.
Speaking at the occasion, N Biren Singh stressed the need to work on mission mode for 100 per cent replacement of chemical fertilizers by organic manures.
Stating that chemical fertilizer is responsible for many diseases, the chief minister expressed his strong desire for speedy expansion of organic cultivation in the state. He also asked the officials and experts to find ways for large scale production of organic manures.
N Biren Singh also directed the officials concerned to identify one horticulture/agriculture produce each of all the 16 districts of the state to enhance production and market it outside the state. He asked them to submit a list within a week.
The chief minister also directed the officials to closely monitor and guide the beneficiaries in farming. He stated that Manipur should also contribute in realizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of making India a $5 trillion economy by 2024-25.