Imphal, July 12,
Agriculture, Vety & AH Minister V. Hangkhanlian said that the Agriculture Department will not keep shortage of the requirements of fertilizers for the farmers of Manipur as there are sufficient buffer stock. Fertilizers will be given after submission of land patta and Aadhar cards by the farmers so that the fertilizers reach the targeted beneficiaries, by checking the process of distribution.
After identification of the places, Agriculture Department has started sowing seeds of IR-64, an early harvesting Indian rice in 90-95 days, in 5 hectares each in four districts in addition to 21 hectares of KVK Thoubal areas where Community Nurseries are to be raised. The paddy seeds sown today can be transplanted by the end of this month and will be distributed to the farmers where seeds cannot be sown owing to shortage of sufficient rainfall as a supplement, he said.
The minister further said that the raising of those seeds sown yesterday does not meant that it will be sufficient for all the needy. The Agriculture Department has taken up initial steps and already distributed 126 pump sets to some farmers as a relief materials and efforts are being made to give more pumps sets through which water can be supply to the dry fields. The Agriculture department has been thinking that how far the farmers can be helped and started sowing paddy seeds which will cover 301 hectares of paddy fields in dry areas as a supplement and relief of the problems faced by the farmers of Manipur , he added.
Some Agriculture Officials and staff from the concerned Agriculture Department accompanied the Minister.
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