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MOMA impact on organic farmers

by Rinku Khumukcham
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The world today has started showing serious concern about organic food products, as in-organic food products which we consume in our everyday life turns out to be a slow poison as killer pesticides, chemical fertilizers and many others are use to double the products. As the people of the entire world today started understanding the health hazard in consuming crops or fruits that are produce using chemical fertilizers, almost all human kind who are aware of these hazardous products started preferring organic products – either it may be paddy, fruits or vegetables. For quite long Manipur farmers even though understand the ill impact of using chemical fertilizer in crop production, still continue to use it as it was the only means for better crop production. This was because the farmers were left with no choice as high quantity production was the only way that they earn some income that can sustain their livehood. They never thought that there is a bigger market that can earn even more than those crops produced using chemical market by scientifically producing organic crops.
Manipur Organic Mission Agency in short MOMA, under the Department of Horticulture and Soil Conservation turn out to be a blessing not only for the state but for all people across the world. While speaking to a media sensitization workshop organised by Khelen Thochom trust (KTT) at Manipur Mountaineering Institution, Lamdan in Churachandpur district on Sunday, Project Director of MOMA K. Devadutta said that today MOMA has been planting organic food on land measuring 37,500 hectore under Manipur Organic Value Chain Development of North East Region and maintain that MOMA has sold organic food amounting around Rs. 89 crorre to other states since 2016. He also said that the MOMA is considering to use floating Biomass in Loktak Lake to use as fertilizer in organic farming farming. This is perhaps a good initiative which need to be appreciated and supported not only by the people but also by the government as it will reduce use of chemical fertilizers.
Chongtham Shanta , who is also the chairman of Chakhao Poireiton Organic Farmers Producer company said that the annual turn over for the company is nearly 4 crore. This message needs to be spread far and wide to the farmers across the state as it will encourage farmers in producing organic crops.
Interesting Dr. L. Jeebit Singh, Project Officer, MOMA inform about the demand of the organic food not only in the state of Manipur and India but also at other countries. Manipur at present has turn out to be one of the best state for enhancing production of the organic crops due to the carbon contain of the cultivable site.
Pine Apple, orange, Lemon etc. which are abundantly available in the state if planted using scientific organic method, it is sure that farmers will double their income. As for the market, the MOMA is ready to do it and the farmers need not worry.

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