Launching the brand name ‘Organic Manipur’, horticulture and soil conservation minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar said the organic produces of the farmers working under the department of the state will be sold under the brand name.
Shyamkumar launched the brand name and released the 2018 yearly calendar of Organic Manipur. He said the Centre has been providing livelihood to the organic farmers of the State under various schemes. The farmers need not worry as their produces will be sold under the brand name ‘Organic Manipur’.
Raising concern over the rise in cases of health issues and diseases, Shyamkumar stressed on the need for switching to organic cultivation and usage of vermicompost instead of chemical fertilisers.
He also informed that the department is working hard to provide loan to make vermicompost to the farmers of the state in collaboration with the banks soon. Appreciating the farmers of the state for cooperating with the department, he hoped that farmers in collaboration with the departments of Horticulture and Agriculture can take up more developmental work including increasing the yield and exploring other areas.
K. Debadutta Sharma, Project Officer, MOMA said in the first year of organic cultivation the agency covered an area of 5,000 hectares of land out of which 2,000 hectares of land was used for cultivating black rice or aromatic rice (chak-hao) in the valley districts. Meanwhile 3,000 hectares of land was used for cultivation of ginger, turmeric, orange, lemon, pineapple and king chilli (u-morok) in an area of 500 hectares of land equally in 6 hill districts.