Imphal, June 13:
Minister of Agriculture, Oinam Lukhoi Singh handed over District wise allocation of Free Certified High Yielding Variety (HYV) Paddy through the concerned District Agriculture Officers today. It was held at Agriculture Godown at Lamphelpat under the programme “Enhancement of Rice Production in the State”.
In view of the hardship faced by the farmers in the State during this Covid-19 Pandemic, Minister Lukhoi expressed the Government of Manipur under the supervision of the Chief Minister, N. Biren Singh have decided for distribution of Paddy seeds at free of cost instead of selling at 50% Subsidy. He also stated that the program for free distribution of Certified HYV Paddy Seeds was mainly focused to reach the target group in the interest and welfare of the farmers in the state. He informed that farmers can procure these free Certified HVY Paddy seeds through the concerned DAOs and firmly believe that the farmers will in return enhance their production.
Minister further mentioned that the deficit in food grains specially rice in the State is huge and is increasing over the years with the increasing population. The Government of Manipur constituted a Sub Committee for enhancement of Rice Production in the State on 7th September, 2020. After several round of discussion, the said Sub-Committee drawn up and recommended 10 (ten) approaches and strategies to increase rice production in the state as given below: Increasing Seed Replacement Rate; Enhancing Varietal Replacement Rate; Increasing Cropping Intensity through Assured Irrigation; Expansion of Effective Irrigation facilities; Adoption of more Intensive Cultivation Practices (SRI/ICM/ Line Planting etc; Maintaining Soil Health and providing judicious Soil Nutrients; Revisiting the Extension Mechanism; Facilitation of Credit, Finance, Crop Insurance; Marketing& creation of Rural Storage infrastructure and Farm Mechanization.
Minister O Lukhoi also interacted with the concerned DAOs to take stock of the prevailing ground situation of the Department in all the Districts and also encouraged them to work in the interest and welfare of the farmers in the state. The Minister also inspected the various fertilizers godown in the presence of Commissioner, Agriculture, M. Joy Singh, Director, Agriculture, Kh. Lalmani Singh and all concerned officers and officials of the Department.