27th March 2017, Lamphellpat, Imphal
ICARNEH Manipur Centre with its KVKs organised a two-day Farmers Fair-cum-Exhibition (27_28th March 2017) under Tribal Sub Plan.
Shri Y. Joykumar Singh, Deputy Chief Minister of Manipur was the Chief Guest of the event. He stated that agriculture in Manipur is a primary sector and it should be carried out in an organised way. He assured to extend all possible help in formulation of agricultural programmes of this state in consultation with ICAR and CAU.
Prof. M. Premjit Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Central Agriculture University , Guest of Honour stated that Shri Narendra Modiji, Prime Minister of India emphasised on three things : a) Second Green Revolution without health hazard, (b) NE states to boost up production in an organic way as these states are known as an organic hub and (c) agro-based industries be increased to double the source of farmers’ income. To double the farmers income, it is necessary to improve irrigation system by way of micro-irrigation, quality seeds and planting materials, integrated farming system and value addition.
Dr.C.A. Srinivasamurthy, Director of Research, Central Agriculture University urged to produce quality seed in participatory mode of scientists and farmers to reduce the cost of crop production. He also emphasised that farmers should conserve water in rainy season for irrigation of Rabi crops for multiple cropping system in Manipur.
Dr. N. Prakash, Joint Director, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Manipur Centre stated that technologies developed by scientists should be disseminated to farmers through front line demonstrations and trainings of KVKs. Fish farmers should adopt scientific fish farming to double their income.
More than 300 farmers from Imphal West, Chandel, Churchanpur, Ukhrul and Tamenglong attended the function. Critical inputs were also distributed to selected farmers including one power tiller to a self help group. There are 18 stalls where agricultural exhibits were displayed by KVKs and their adopted farmers.
(“>Source: ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Manipur Centre, Lamphellpat, Imphal-795004”)