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Sunday, 18 August 2019 - Imphal Times

One day Seminar held on management of Yongchak and Agar

DIPR
Imphal, August 18,

 A one day seminar on management of yongchak and agar was organised by the Forest Department at the Hotel Imphal today. Resource persons including scientists taking part in the seminar discussed on various methods to reduce the mortality of the yongchak (parkia timoriana) and agarwood induction technology.
Speaking as the chief guest of the function, Forest and Environment Minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar today said that number of yongchak trees, which is a popular delicacy in the State, is declining due to some disease. Stating that yongchak is imported from the neighbouring countries due to high demand, he said that the yongchak grown in the soil of the State has a unique flavor.
He further said that yongchak trees take 7 to 10 years to mature, but now, the trees can attain maturity within 3 years using modern methods. He appealed to the invitees of the seminar that included ADC members and representatives, farmers and officials from different departments, to follow the suggestions and methods told by the experts at the seminar. He said they can further spread awareness to the masses.
Regarding the plantation of agarwood tree, he said that it is best suitable to be grown in Jiribam, Moreh and Kamjong. He opined that with the knowledge shared by the experts, jhum cultivation can be controlled in the State as agarwood plantation also can be another source of livelihood for the farmers.
Opining that the plantation of yongchak and agarwood tree will surely help in environmental conservation, he appealed to the people of the State to attend seminars and workshops organised by the various departments so that there is public awareness and asked the media to help in spreading mass awareness on suggestions and knowledge shared by the experts.
Suhel Akhtar, Additional Chief Secretary (Forest and Environment) opined that yongchak is and agarwood tree can be a source of economic upliftment of the people in Manipur. He said unfortunately the number of yongchak trees in the State is declining and some even resulting in mortality due to some disease. 
Opining that agarwood tree plantation can be a source of economic development to a large extent as market value of the price of agarwood ranges between USD 5,600 to 10,000, he said the agarwood tree is grown in certain climate, not beyond 1000 meters above sea level. He said the planter/farmer has to wait for minimum 8 years so that artificial induction can be done and after that harvesting is done.
K. Angami, PCCF and HoFF said the unscientific management and extraction of agarwood oil has reduced the population of the agarwood tree which was once grown naturally in the State, making it non-profitable. He said the farmers need to improve their socio-economic condition and plantation of agarwood is one such good option for them.
Stating that to make the agarwood plantation more profitable for farmers, it is required to infect the agarwood for the extraction of oil using modern technology as natural process takes time. He said the objective of the seminar is make sure that we move forward in our daily life with better economic condition, with better result and better harvesting.
The seminar was also attended by Dr RK Borah, Scientists, Rain Forest Research Institute (RFRI), Jorhat, scientists and scholars from different institutes, NGOs, progressive farmers and officials from the Forest Department.

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Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony Held In Churachandpur District

DIPR
Imphal, Aug 18,

Agriculture, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Minister V.Hangkhanlian laid the foundation stone for improvement of Rengkai Higher Secondary School, under the ‘SCHOOL FAGATHANSE MISSION’, at Rengkai Higher Secondary School, Churachandpur town, yesterday.
Foundation stone were also laid in some other Assembly Constituencies like Kangvai Higher Secondary School, Kangvai, Henglep A/C, Sagang Higher Secondary School, Sagang Saikot A/C, Singngat Higher Secondary School, Singngat A/C, Thanlon A/C and Tipaimukh A/C by the concerned MLAs.
Speaking as Chief Guest Hangkhanlian said that Department of Education (S), Government of Manipur is planning to improve the education system with quality education by introducing classes from Preparatory to Higher Secondary level. To bring better education Rengkai High School was upgraded in 1990s with support from parents, authority staff and students. It is fortunate that Rengkai Higher Secondary School is being included in the first list of 25, for laying the foundation today, he added.
He further informed that improvement of infrastructures like building, class rooms, floor, Laboratories, drinking water supply, separate toilets for boys and girls, adequate teaching and non-teaching staff will avail from this mission.
Under the School Fagat-hansi Mission, there are 60 schools have been identified, one school each in each Assembly Constituency. The Government will provide free admission, text books, uniforms etc., he said.
The Minister appealed to the school staff, parents, local leaders and village authority to extend support for the achievement of the aim of School Fagat-hansi Mission particularly for the benefit of school children since they are the future of the nation.
The function was organized by the Department of Education (S), Zonal Education Officer, Churachandpur.
The ceremony was attended by the staff and students of the school, local leaders, ZEO officials, DC, SDO and others dignitaries.

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Assam Rifles Distributes Books To Mary Kom Boxing Academy

IGAR (South)
Imphal Aug 18,

In continuance with civic action initiatives, Mantripukhri Battalion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) distributed a large number of books along with book shelves to the sportspersons of Mary Kom Boxing Academy at Imphal.      
Mary Kom Boxing Academy located at Games village, Lamphelpat in Imphal, is one of the premier academies of boxing in India and provides world class facilities for training of boxers. During the visit of DG Assam Rifles to the Boxing Academy in June this year and interaction with Mrs Mary Kom, MP Rajya Sabha, it was learnt that the boxers required some books for their intellectual and recreational needs. Realising the necessity and to achieve meaningful socio-economic development in the State, the Battalion on behalf of the DG Assam Rifles conceived and undertook the project for provision of books and bookshelves to the sportspersons of the Academy.     
The distribution of books and the bookshelves was carried out during a function organised at the Boxing Academy and was presided over by the Commandant, Mantripukhri Battalion. The grand event also witnessed attendance by the Warden, Assistant Manager, the Management Staff as well as locals from the neighbouring villages. During the distribution ceremony, over 165 books of various genres alongwith the bookshelves were formally handed over to the Warden and Assistant Manager of the Academy.
The Assistant Manager of the Mary Kom Boxing Academy, speaking on the occasion praised the thoughtful initiative of the Assam Rifles and conveyed his profound gratitude to the Battalion. Contribution by Assam Rifles was profoundly appreciated by the boxers, entire Staff and Management team of the Mary Kom Boxing Academy.  
The books will certainly assist in transforming lives every year while creating a cumulative effect and meaningful welfare aimed at overall personality development of the bright minds of the State.

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