Maheshwar Gurumayum

Maheshwar Gurumayum

Maheshwar Gurumayum

Maheshwar Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since 2013. An avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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Imphal, June 18:

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today launched AYUSH-64, a polyherbal formulation, in the State at a simple programme organized by the Directorate of AYUSH, Government of Manipur at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat. The same can be used in the treatment of asymptomatic COVID-19 patients and those with mild and moderate symptoms.
Speaking on the occasion, N. Biren stated that the use of AYUSH-64 (tablet) had been approved by the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India for use by adults (above 18 years of age) in treatment of COVID-19. Maintaining that the tablet had been approved after proper clinical trials, he said that it would be useful in treating asymptomatic, mild and moderate COVID-19 patients as the same is purely organic and will not have any side effects.
Regarding the rapid spread of positive cases in the State, he stated that 20 samples were sent for testing to know the variant of the virus, of which 18 samples came out to be of the new variant called Delta variant. Stating that the said variant had been the major cause of rapid spread, he informed that home isolation patients would be provided additional medicines useful in treatment of this variant. Apart from this, home isolation patients would also be provided 20 triple-layer masks each, hand sanitizer with extra medicines from today, he added.
He appealed to the public to come up with constructive criticisms and encourage the work of health and frontline workers rather than just pointing out mistakes and taking up negative propaganda in this crucial hour of the pandemic. Maintaining that saving precious lives of the people is the utmost priority of the Government, he further urged people not to believe in misleading information regarding the pandemic and to get vaccinated at the earliest.
He urged the public to be more careful and follow COVID Appropriate Behaviours and Standard Operating Procedures issued by the Government from time to time to prevent infection from the new variant. He stressed the need to be more responsible on the part of the public and even to not go to public spaces until he or she got vaccinated. He also added that the State Government had been taking up all the necessary measures to curb the spread of the pandemic and also sought support of all the stakeholders in its fight against it.
It may be mentioned that Union Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge) Kiren Rijiju had earlier launched the AYUSH-64 on 7th May this year for nationwide distribution campaign for benefit of the vast majority of out-of-hospital COVID-19 patients.
The Ministry of AYUSH in collaboration with Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) had also recently completed a robust Multi Centre Clinical Trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of AYUSH-64 in the management of mild to moderate COVID-19 patients. It was found that AYUSH-64 reduces the duration for clinical recovery in terms of diseases, symptoms and severity.
Agriculture Minister Oinam Lukhoi, Education Minister Sorokhaibam Rajen, Advisor to Chief Minister (Health) Dr. Sapam Ranjan, Deputy Chairman, Manipur State Planning Board Lourembam Rameshwor, Chairman, MANIREDA Ginsuanhau, Chairman, Loktak Development Authority L. Susindro, MLA, Kshetrigao AC Nahakpam Indrajit, MLA, Wangjing Tentha AC Paonam Brojen, Principal Secretary V. Vumlunmang and Director, AYUSH Y. Lukhoi also attended the programme among others.

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Imphal, June 16:

As a part of the Government’s initiative to development infrastructure in Health Sector of the State, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today handed over 10 Basic Life Support ambulances to Six Autonomous District Councils (ADC) of the State. The distribution programme was held at the Western Gate of the Chief Minister’s Secretariat.
Two ambulances each were provided to the ADCs for 4 districts namely Churachandpur, Chandel, Kangpokpi and Ukhrul while one ambulance each to the ADCs of Tamenglong and Senapati District. The ambulances were received by the concerned Chief Executive Officers of the respective ADCs.
The ambulances were procured with the funding from the Department of Tribal Affairs & Hills, Manipur amid the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department had earlier placed an order for 18 ambulances consisting of 12 Basic Life Support (BLS) and 6 Advanced Life Support (ALS). Of the 18 ambulances ordered, 10 BLS which were distributed today had reached Imphal as 1st phase while another 2 BLS, one each for Tamenglong and Senapati ADCs and 6 ALS, one each for all the six ADCs are expected to arrived by 25th of this month as 2nd phase.
It may be mentioned that the ambulances were distributed to strengthen the infrastructure of the health sector at district level as well as block level under the initiative of the ADCs. The ambulances which were distributed today shall be jointly utilized and maintained by ADC and District Hospital Concerned.
Tribal Affairs and Hills Minister Vungzagin Valte, Chairman, MANIREDA Ginsuanhau, Deputy Chairman, Manipur State Planning Board L. Rameshwor, Additional Chief Secretary Letkhogin Haokip and other Government Officials also attended the programme among others.

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Imphal, June 15:

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has said that the Government continues to address the key challenges of agriculture in the State and the North East region, including low productivity, small holdings, under utilization of irrigation potential and inadequate infrastructure along the supply chain.
He was speaking at the inaugural session of a national virtual workshop organized by ICAR NEH Region, Manipur on the topic, ‘Potential Crops of North East India: Prospects and Challenges’ as the chief guest. Agriculture Minister O. Lukhoi Singh and Commissioner (Agriculture) M. Joy Singh were also seated with the Chief Minister as guests of honour.
N. Biren Singh said that agriculture continues to be the mainstay for the majority of the population in Manipur and the NE region, which is endowed with diverse agro-climatic conditions with varied soil types and abundant rainfall. As a result, there is huge potential for promising agricultural and horticultural produce and value-added products that can be marketed within the country and abroad, he added.
Stating that there is a changing demand for not only more quantity, but food with quality, nutrition and taste, the Chief Minister said that the answer to these demands lies in crop diversification and use of new technology. Towards this end, he said, ICAR Manipur Centre, which was established in 1975, has been rendering valuable services to the State. It had been providing regular advisories, weather data and forecasts for the benefit of the farmers, the Chief Minister said and added that ICAR had also supported in formulation of State action plans and strategies during COVID pandemics, floods and droughts in collaboration with various State Government Departments.
Maintaining that the NE region has many more potential crops, horticultural and vegetable plants, which need to be studied and commercialized as high value organic and nutritious food, he expressed hope that ICAR would explore further on the rich natural resources available for the benefit of the farmers.
Speaking at the occasion, O. Lukhoi Singh said that the State Agriculture Department is working along with ICAR with its full scientific and technical supports. In the State Government’s strategy for self-sustained agriculture through double cropping, production of 9 lakh MT of rice is being targeted against the present production of 5.10 lakh MT by increasing the seed replacement rate from the existing 20% to 60%. The seed distribution programme is also a part of the strategy, he added.
With new varieties of rice coming up from ICAR, he also expressed hope that the target production of rice would be achieved within five years in the State. O. Lukhoi Singh also urged the Central Government to explore the possibilities of increasing manpower in ICAR Manipur Centre.
He also expressed glad that ICAR had been collaborating with the State Agriculture Department in proper distribution of the high yielding variety of rice seeds particularly RC Maniphou-13 which had the highest demand by the farmer in the State.
M. Joy Singh said that the State Government had constituted a sub-committee for enhancement of rice production in Manipur. After rounds of discussions, the sub-committee had made recommendations like increase in seed replacement rate, increase of cropping intensity, enhancement of irrigation facilities, adoption of more intensive cultivation practices, maintaining soil health, providing judicious soil nutrients, facilitation of credit finance crop insurance, marketing and creation of rural storage infrastructures, farm mechanization etc. for increase in rice production.
He also expressed confidence that the workshop would make meaningful recommendations to transform the agriculture sector for the welfare of Manipur, in particular, and for the region in general. The State Agriculture Department would definitely like to make use of the outcome of the workshop, he added.
Earlier, the dignitaries released eight different crop varieties introduced by ICAR Manipur Centre. The three rice varieties were RC Maniphou 14, RC Maniphou 15 and RC Maniphou 16 while the two maize varieties introduced for the first time in Manipur were RC Manichujak 1 and RC Manichujak 2. On the other hand, two varieties of Perilla introduced for the first time in the country were RC Manithoiding 1 and RC Manithoiding 2 while the variety of Brinjal was RC Manikhamen 1.
They also virtually distributed agricultural inputs to about 1000 farmers. These include 10 tonnes of certified seeds of RC Maniphou-13 provided by the State Agriculture Department.
Among others, Dr. S.K. Chaudhari, Deputy Director General (NRM), ICAR, New Delhi, Dr. V.K. Mishra, Director, ICAR RC-NEH Region, Meghalaya, Dr. A.K. Tripathi, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Megahlaya, Dr. Lakshmi Kant, Director, Vivekananda Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan Sansthan (VPKAS), Uttarakhand and Dr. Hanuman Lal Raiger, Co-ordinator, AICRN on Potential Crops, New Delhi also attended the workshop.

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Imphal, June 13:

As in past years, airlifting of fresh organic pineapples grown in different parts of Manipur has begun for this year as well from today. The first consignment of 1.2 MT to Gurgaon and Jaipur was flagged off by Additional Chief Secretary P. Vaiphei from Bir Tikendrajit International Airport.
Krooshi Karma Naturals Private Limited, Imphal in collaboration with Manipur Organic Mission Agency (MOMA) has set a target to export at least 250 metric ton (MT) of pineapple to Gurgaon, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Jaipur. It will benefit around 900 farmers. From 2018 to 2020, airlifting and marketing of pineapples outside the State had benefitted more than Rs. 78 lakhs to organic farmers of the State. The efforts of the firm and MOMA shall boost confidence of farmers during COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, around 220 MT was exported.
Apart from pineapples, the company has also been marketing Kiwi fruit and avocado outside the State since 2018. It has made huge strides in facilitating and enabling business ecosystem for pineapple marketing by increasing linkage between organic pineapple growers and buyers every year. The support of MOMA in terms of assistance towards local transportation, connecting organic farmers and provision of corrugated boxes to the firm has been pivotal in the success of this venture. The pineapple being marketed is mainly the Queen variety, cultivated in Thayong, Andro, Chiru-Waithou areas.
Fresh queen pineapples of the State have good demands in different markets of the country. It may also be highlighted that various firms have marketed more than 800 MT of fresh fruits and spices outside the State this year with institutional support from MOMA benefitting large number of farmers of the State.
Speaking at the occasion, P. Vaiphei said that there is nothing to worry for market by farmers now. Under a market intervention scheme, he said, the State Government had created a corpus fund of Rs. 3 crore to buy all the horticulture produces from farmers and store it in cold storages for supply to different markets. He said that it is a matter of satisfaction that with dedicated efforts from MOMA, Manipur had been able to export organic pineapples to different cities for the fourth consecutive year despite facing COVID-19 pandemic. The Additional Chief Secretary also urged the farmers to contact MOMA to sell their produces.
MOMA Project Director K. Devdutta Sharma and Imphal Airport Director Alok Nath were also seated on the dais as dignitaries.

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