Imphal, Oct. 17
Horticulture and Soil Conservation Department under the Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) scheme today distributed vegetable seeds to 32 registered farmers of 12 districts. The vegetable seed distribution function was held at the Training Hall, Khonghampat, Horticulture Complex, Imphal West.
Speaking as the chief guest of the function, Horticulture and Soil Conservation Minister Th. Shyamkumar said that the department is distributing winter seeds to the registered farmers every year so that they can plant the seeds at their respective land or courtyard.
Th. Shyamkumar further said very soon a meeting will be held with the officers of the department and the farmers in order to address to the grievances and to discuss for the welfare farmers. He advised that the farmers should keep the habit of collecting and preserving some portion of the seeds for the next season to become self-reliant.
Rajen Singh, Deputy Chairman, State Planning Board, MLA Lamsang Assembly Constituency highlighted the imported food products which are occupying the market in the State. He said it is alarming situation which is threatening the indigenous and locally grown food products of the State.
Hareskrishna, Commissioner, Horticulture and Soil Conservation stressed that timely distribution of the seeds to the farmers is necessary for better yield of crops. He said the Horticulture and Soil Conservation Department is focused on early disposal of grievances. He also spoke on organic farming and conventional method of farming.
The function was also attended by Kh. Sayakiran Devi, Director, Horticulture and Soil Conservation (H&SC), N. Premananda Singh, Mission Director, MIDH, (H&SC), N. Joymati Devi, Deputy Director of Agriculture (H), Directorate of H&SC, farmers among others.