Free Certified HYV paddy seeds for farmers distributed to districts in Manipur
The distribution of free certified HYV paddy seeds was held at Agriculture Godown at Lamphelpat under the programme, ‘Enhancement of Rice Production in the State’. farmers can procure these free Certified HVY Paddy seeds through the concerned DAOs.
Manipur Agriculture Minister Oinam Lukhoi Singh handed over district-wise allocation of Free Certified High Yielding Variety (HYV) paddy seeds through the concerned district agriculture officers on Sunday.
The distribution 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 the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, minister Lukhoi expressed that the Manipur government under the supervision of Chief Minister N Biren Singh has decided for distribution of paddy seeds at free of cost instead of selling at 50 per cent subsidy.
He also said that the programme for distribution of free 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.
Lukhoi 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 state government constituted a sub-committee for enhancement of rice production in the state on September 7, 2020. After several round of discussion, the said sub-committee recommended 10 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 and creation of Rural Storage infrastructure and Farm Mechanization.
Lukhoi also interacted with the concerned DAOs to take stock of the prevailing ground situation of the department in all the districts and encouraged them to work in the interest and welfare of the farmers in the state. He also inspected various fertilizers godown in the presence of commissioner, Agriculture M Joy Singh, director, Agriculture Kh Lalmani Singh and all officers and officials of the department. (DIPR)