Imphal, August 12: Commerce and Industries Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit Singh, today, said that the Kisan SAMPADA Yojana will encourage the farmers and increase their incomes. He further assured mass publicity of the scheme through the Department of Information and Public Relation.
Minister Biswajit was attending aRoad Show on World India & Seminar on New Scheme Kisan SAMPADA Yojana at Hotel Classic Grande today.
Addressing the seminar attended by entrepreneurs and officials, Minister Biswajit said the objective of Kisan SAMPADA is to supplement agriculture, modernise processing and decrease agri-waste.
He continued there are seven schemes under the Kisan SAMPADA of which Creation of the Backward and Forward Linkages is the most important.
He said before the implementation of this scheme, the new government had proposed opening of some new Common Facilities Centres.
Explaining further that major portion of products in the State go to waste, he asserted today Lemon growers in Kachai have been demoralized due to lack of market for their products and entrepreneurs to help them. Minister Biswajit also spoke about the decreasing production of various fruits suitable in the State including Orange in Tamenglong and Passion Fruit in Senapati and Churachandpur. So we had proposed four CFCs, he added.
Minister Biswajit also expressed optimism that implementation of the Kisan SAMPADA will provide many opportunities to the farmers. He continued he has already urged the entrepreneurs to invest more to provide new opportunities to our younger generation.
Stressing on the need to create wide publicity of the new Scheme, Minister Biswajit explained that, if the farmers whose products go to waste is link-up with the entrepreneurs through the Kisan SAMPADA schemes, it is possible that not a single product goes to waste.
He further observed that if we check products going to waste than the farmers and the entrepreneurs would earn more profits. The scheme aims at maximum benefits for the farmers, he added.
Manipur has huge potential in both agriculture of horticulture due to the fertile soil, however, we are lagging behind in taking advantages of the resources provided to us by nature, he observed.
Drawing comparison between China and Manipur, Minister Biswajit said people of China give preference to their own products whereas we give preference to exported products sidelining our own products and resources. We should not forget that this culture has negatively affected our economy, he said.
Kisan Sampada Yojana will encourage farmers and increase their incomes: Min Biswajit