“Farming tools distribution still not sufficient”

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IMPHAL, June 22: The quantity of distribution of tools and inputs for farming to farmers is not much even though it is for the encouragement of farming in the state. This was stated by Imphal West deputy commissioner M Joy Singh on Sunday at the inaugural function of Cropping System Based Farmers’ Training Programme cum Distribution of Tools & Inputs under National Food Security Mission- Rice (NFSM- Rice) for the year 2013- 2014 at Training Hall, Directorate of Agriculture, Sanjenthong.

Pointing out that there is more number of women involved in farming as compared to men in the state, he said Imphal East has shown more interest and involvement in farming.

He said that to have sufficient amount of daily commodities like rice or vegetable, it will be better if the farmers show more interest for the welfare and development of the state.

Director of Agriculture/ District Agriculture Officer, S Guinija Devi said central government takes many steps for the welfare and development of the farmers.

70 percent of the state’s total populations are farmers and they took great responsibility, she said, adding that even though there are more numbers of farmers in the state; most of them cultivate single crops.

“Under the National Food Security Mission there are various schemes for the welfare of farmers, the farmers should take the advantage of various schemes provided under NFSM,” she said.

Deputy Director and Soil Chemist, Department of Agriculture, Ph Rajendro Singh said that for the preservation of agricultural land in the state proper agricultural land policy must be implemented if not it will create trouble in preserving the agricultural land.

“The distribution of rice only under the National Food Security Act will be added with distribution of corn and pulses and to bring green revolution the National Mission of Sustainable Agriculture will be implemented in the state within 2- 3 years.

Attending many awareness programmes instead of practicing after attending will not bring any fruitful result in farming,” he stressed.

 

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