IMPHAL, Aug. 24,
Art & Culture minister L. Jayantakumar Singh has stated that Manipur is a land of resources. Minister was speaking as Chief Guest at the second day of the 10th Shirarakhong Hathei Phanit, Chili Festival. He said that our unexplored resources available in the state need to be utilized at the utmost. We can apply new scientific methods to our cultivable lands for more production of crops and food grains. He said that the famous chili of Sararakhong need to be promoted to a higher level. For this, the sense of competition should be imbibed by the farmers of Sararakhong. Increasing of production will help to enter to a new chapter of competition in the market, minister added.
Minister Jayantakumar also maintained that the type of soil of Manipur is suitable for growing aromatic and medicinal plants. Our farmers can be trained and made aware of the values of locally available medicinal plants of high value. Saplings will also be provided at free of cost to the farmers by the government. Marketing for the products will also be arranged, he added.
Minister also suggested to the Shirarakhong farmers for mixed and double cropping so that their income will be increased spontaneously. He said that the beautiful landscape of the state also attracts tourists from outside. Tourism is also a big industry which can generate revenue of the state. What is required is a proper planning and its implementation, he added.
Minister also assured the people of Shirarakhong that the PHSC of the village will be upgraded to a Health and Wellness Centre during the current year. He also urged the villagers to help to promote our rich art and culture. He also expressed his desire for construction of a cultural complex in the area.
Speaking as guest of honour, President, AMWJU, Bijoy Kakchingtabam said that the popularity and uniqueness of Shirarakhong chili has been increasing day by day. We need to introduce the value of Shirarakhong chili to the world as its kind is only confined in Shirarakhong and its adjoining areas.
Account Officer of Horticulture & Soil Conservation Department, Manipur, Nongthombam Loyalakpa also attended the function as guest of honour. Maniwood Club members, village chiefs, villagers and others also attended the function.