Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh and Agriculture Minister V Hangkhanlian along with Commissioner (Agriculture) received Krishi Karman Award 2017-18 from Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a function held at Government Pre-University College, Bengaluru Honnavar Road, Tumakuru, Karnataka on January 2.
Official said Manipur was selected for the prestigious award as the best-performing state in Overall Food-grain Production Category-III (production less than 1 million tonne) for the year 2017-18. The award carries a trophy, a citation and an amount of Rs 5 crore.
Two progressive farmers of the state – Yenkhom Bishworjit Singh of Kakching Panji Leikai, Kakching district and Thingbaijam Johnny Chanu of Lamboikhul Awang Leikai, Imphal East district – also received the Agriculture Minister’s Krishi Karman Award for Progressive Farmers for highest production in rice and pulses during 2017-18 respectively. The award consists of Rs 2 lakh along with a Prashashti Patra.
During the year 2017-18, the state achieved highest production of rice and pulses to the tune of 2570 kg/ha and 960 kg/ha against the national average of 2475 kg/ha and 779 kg/ha respectively.
The award winners were selected by a committee headed by top officials of the Union government on the basis of their assessment of performance regarding production outcomes, implementation of crop production programmes and innovative approaches adopted for effective service delivery.
The prime minister also presented Krishi Karman Awards to other selected progressive farmers as well apart from releasing the 3rd instalment of PM Kisan to approximately 6 crore beneficiaries at the function.