Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Sunday distributed power tillers, tractors, brush cutters, quality planting materials, etc. to different Farmers’ Producer Companies at the premises of the Department of Horticulture and Soil Conservation in Imphal.

The CM handed over one power tiller, one brush cutter and some other inputs to seven Farmers’ Producer Companies for the year 2019-20 under Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North Eastern Region, besides distributing subsidized 40 power tillers and 20 tractors under Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture 2019-20.

Speaking on the occasion, Singh observed that the state has seen a fast improvement in organic farming in the past few years.

He said that the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare approved only 15,000 hectares of land for organic farming in the state.

Urging the people to be sincere, hard-working and committed no matter in what profession they are, Biren said that no community in this world can match the people in any field if they work hard with conviction and sincerity.

“The talent of Manipuri people, culture, arts, crafts and indigenous produces are well acknowledged by the people of other States and countries,” he said.

Stating that it has been his belief that Manipur would prosper when horticulture plants are abundantly grown in the hills of the state, he exhorted the hill-people to grow plants like turmeric, ginger, pineapple, banana etc. instead of poppy plants.

Lauding the Horticulture and Social Conservation Department for taking up many encouraging tasks in the past few years, he also assured that the present Government would never indulge in any form of nepotism in awarding promotion and rewards to any employee of the state government.

Sobhapati Samom

Sobhapati Samom is Northeast Now Correspondent in Imphal. He can be reached at: ssamom@gmail.com