IMPHAL, Jul 19: Extending help to the farmers as part of the Government efforts toward increasing foof production, State Agriculture Department has provi- ded one Kabuta and seeds of various food crops to the farmers of Sumchinvum village in Churachandpur district today.
The seeds and the agri-cultural machinery were distributed during a func- tion held at the the community hall of the village.
The fucntion was organisedby the Department as part of its ‘Model Seed Village and Community Mobilisation Programme on Cereals and Pulses’.
Agriculture Minister L Loken , Director of Agriculture RK Nayansana Devi and Commissioner Letkho-zin Haokip attended the function as chief guest, president and guest of honour respectively.
During the fucntion, Head of Department of Agronomy, Central Agricultural University Dr L Nabachandra and Associate Professor Dr Herojit of Department of Soil Sciences of the same University spoke as resource persons on the topic of ‘Packages and pratices of Soyabean and Black Gram’ and ‘Role of Integrated Nutrient Management to produce high yield in pulses’ respectively.
In his address as chief guest of the function, Agriculture Minister N Loken stressed on application of latest technology and methods in agricultural practices to increase production of food crops.
Agricultural activities being the main occupation of the people in the State, adoption of new techno-logy and methods is essen- tial for increasing produc-tion, he noted.
The Minister sought the co-operation of the people in the developmental works being taken up by the Government.
In his presidential address, Agriculture Director Nayansana Devi pointed out that out of the total rice requirement of 7.51 lakh matric tonne for consump-tion by its 25 lakhs people, the State has been able to produce only around 5 lakh matric tonne of rice. So the remaining required rice has to be produced from outside Manipur, thus giving a serious impact on the economy of the State, she said.
In view of this, she sought the co-operation of the farmers as well as of the people in the steps being taken up by the Government to increase food production in the State.