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, Feb 5:

Minister for Agriculture, Manipur, Oinam Lukhoi Singh today flagged off a consignment of 2.1 metric tonnes of Chak-hao (Aromatic Black Rice) amounting to Rs.2.52 lakhs from Organic Outlet Sanjenthong. It will be airlifted to M/S Farm Flavors, Gujarat, which is a national buyer by Rima Food Industries, Lamlong, Imphal East.

Addressing the Media, Minister O. Lukhoi expressed that as Chak-hao is one of the most popular rice varieties in the country, all concerned stakeholders namely Department of Agriculture, Manipur, Manipur Organic Mission Agency (MOMA), Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North Eastern Region (MOVCDNER) amongst others are constantly working for the promotion of this indigenous rice and also to increase its production in order to meet the high demands.

He further informed that Manipur Organic Mission Agency (MOMA) along with the Department of Agriculture, Government of Manipur is facilitating Rima Food Industries on the marketing of Chak-hao to different parts of the country and also abroad. This firm has been provided with financial assistance of establishment of a Processing Unit of Chak-Hao under Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North Eastern Region (MOVCDNER), Lukhoi asserted.

Rima Food Industries has also marketed value-added products of Chak-hao namely Chak-hao POWDER, Chak-hao TEA and Chak-hao KHEER of various packing sizes to buyers of inside and outside State, he added.

Commissioner, Agriculture Department, M. Joy Singh, Nodal Officer (MOVCDNER),  Radhapyari and officials of the Department also graced the occasion.

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Imphal, Feb 2:

Education Minister S. Rajen Singh has visited colleges and school in Impal West and Imphal East today. As a part of the ongoing inspection visit to college and schools Shri Rajen Singh visited Manipur College, Maharaj Budhachandra College, Modern College, Porompat, Standard College, Kongba, Ideal Girls’ College, Akampat, Eastern Model Govt. High School, Akampat, today.

During his visit Minister inspected classrooms and checked whether classes are conducted following SOPs prescribed by the education department. At Manipur College, Rajen was joined by Speaker Y. Khemchand. He instructed school and college authorities to properly maintain SOPs. Minister also checked Attendance Registrar of the teaching and non-teaching staffs. He warned that irregular and absentee staffs will be penalized accordingly.

He said that surprise visit to schools and colleges will continue in order to ensure smooth conduct of classes and regular attendance of the staffs and students. Minister also appealed the teachers, guardians, students and other civil organisations to cooperate with the new initiative of the government on the reopening of educational institutions in the state.

Rajen also appreciated the school staffs, students, guardians, officials of the education department for their willingness and cooperation on the reopening of educational institutions.

Director, Education (U), Dr. Rangitabali Waikhom, IAS, Joint Director, Ojit Singh and others were also present during the visit.

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Imphal, Jan 31:

Water Resources (WR) Minister, Letpao Haokip inspected the Chingkhei Ching Water Treatment Plant at Yaralpat, Tinseed Road today morning.
The source of the water supply at this plant will be from the Thoubal Multipurpose Project, and pipe works leading upto this plant is currently undergoing and is on the verge of completion. The construction of the treatment plant, which is taken up under the PHED, is also going smoothly.
During the inspection visit, minister Letpao said that the water from the Thoubal Dam will be treated at this plant, and will supply water to various areas of Imphal valley. Experts from outside have also been roped in to carry out the technical part of the task, he added.
In the inspection visit, the minister was accompanied by the Engineer-in-Chief of WRD, G Robindro Sharma and other top engineers of the department.

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Imphal, Jan 31:

Fishery Minister S. Rajen Singh has said that the state government is focusing to increase the net production of fish in the state. He was speaking to media during an inspection visit at different locations of fish farms in Imphal West today.

Rajen said that the government especially the fishery department is focusing for the production of sustainable fish products for the state. Fish, being the common food item of the state is preferred by all. Action plans have been chalked out in this regard. Minister said that there is a need for up gradation of the government maintained fish farms in the state at present.

He maintained that under the blue revolution scheme of the government selected beneficiaries have been trained and first installment has been sanctioned. In order to know whether the beneficiaries are utilising the government fund in the right direction, the inspectional tour is being conducted, he added.

Minister informed that more than Rupees four crore is spent annually to purchase fish products from outside the state. This expenditure can be saved if we promote our fish farmers and produce more and more fish products.

Rajen said that unemployed and interested persons can approach the department for pisciculture activities for which fishery department is always ready to help. Biofloc method of fish farming will be provided for interested farmers especially in hill districts where there is limited scope for digging of ponds. This will not only generate their income but also reduce unemployment problem in the state, he added.

He also said that regular inspection visit will be conducted at the respective sites with the officials. Director of Fishery, L. Gojendo Singh, officials of fishery department and others were also present during the visit.

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