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Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Saturday distributed farm machinery and equipment to the farmers of the State during a distribution function at Iboyaima Sumang Leela Shanglen in Imphal.

The machinery and equipment distribution was held under under the Sub Mission of Agricultural Mechanization (SMAM), 2019-20.

Public health engineering minister Losii Dikho, deputy chairman of State Planning Board S Rajen, vice-chairman MIDA O Lukhoi, commissioner (Agriculture) Kh Raghumani, director (Agriculture) Laltanpuii Vanchhong, officers and staffs of Agriculture department, farmers and others attended the function.

Speaking at the function, N Biren stated that there is economic growth in the State and Manipur is marching ahead as the rate of Gross State Domestic Product has increased drastically in last few years.

Highlighting the rising demand of traditional ‘Chak-hao’ outside the State, he exhorted the farmers to put their efforts to increase the production of ‘Chak-hao’, the exotic rice variety, to cater to the demands.

Elaborating the importance of proper irrigation facilities to increase the food grain production in the State, the chief minister said Thoubal Multipurpose Project will be completed soon.

The project will provide irrigation facility to different areas of the State, he added.

The chief minister said around 500 places have been identified for the ground water management projects in the State.

The project cost amounting to around Rs. 275 crores has been submitted to the Ministry.

He further mentioned that around 280 check dams would be constructed on the streams at the different foothills for drinking and irrigation purposes.

In this regard, a project cost of around Rs. 475 crores has been submitted to the Ministry, he added.

The chief minister said the government would give its priority for the development of tourism, agriculture and horticulture sectors this year.

He continued that there is a steep increase in the influx of foreign and domestic tourists in the State in the last 2-3 years. According to the reports, around 10,000 foreign tourists and 1.5 lakhs domestic tourists have visited the State in a year, he added.

Biren maintained that the State Government fully endorsed the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas’ to bring inclusive development in the State.

Apart from the welfare schemes launched by the Central Government, the State Government has also introduced various welfare schemes for the people of the State.

The government opens its door 24×7 to extend every possible support to uplift the lives of the people, he added.

In his speech, agriculture minister V Hangkhanlian said the government has introduced various schemes for doubling the agricultural production by the year 2022.

He appealed the people and farmers to put their collective efforts to increase the agricultural production.

He thanked the chief minister, officers and staffs of the department and farmers of the State whose efforts have made the State to achieve the Krishi Karman Award 2017-18.

Around 139 machinery and equipment including tractors, power tillers, reapers, threshers, mini rice mill etc. were distributed to the selected beneficiaries of the State.

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