Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on June 24 said that agar cultivation would provide a new ray of hope to the villagers for a sustainable economic development in the state.
Addressing the media during the launch of a tree plantation drive at Langol Reserved Forest, Luwangshangbam on June 24, the chief minister said that it is an initiative to provide alternative livelihood to the villagers who had earlier practised poppy cultivation in the state.
Moreover, such plantation would also save the environment and from further deforestation, he added. As part of the plan, around 3 lakh agar saplings would be planted across the state. Chief minister seeks the people’s support for the success of such initiative of the government.
Forest and environment minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar said that such initiative will also create awareness about the importance of the agar cultivation and afforestation among the people of the state.