Senapati: Manipur minister for horticulture and soil conservation Thounaojam Shyamkumar inaugurated the two-day-long 1st Manipur Kiwifruit Festival held under the theme 'Kiwi fruit for Rural Prosperity and Healthy Living' at Purul Akutpa village of Senapati district on Saturday.
The Kiwifruit Festival has been organised by the Senapati Producers' Organisation of Organic Kiwifruit (SPOOK) and jointly supported by Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) under the aegis of the state horticulture and soil conservation department and the ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Manipur Centre, Lamphelpat, Imphal.
Minister Shyamkumar also inaugurated a rural market shed constructed under the Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) scheme (2017-2018) under the aegis of horticulture and soil conservation department.
Speaking as the chief guest of the inaugural function of the festival held at Rasha Hall, minister Shyamkumar assured the villagers of Purul that an assistance of Rs 20 lakh will be given for the construction of a water body, construction of drain and other requirements in the village. He made the assurance after villagers submitted a memorandum to the minister regarding the requirement for a water reservoir for the village.
He said the Kiwifruit Festival will give an opportunity and a platform to the farmers to cultivate more kiwifruit and work harder to increase the production. Appealing all the stakeholders, he said all must come forward to cooperate and support the farmers. He also observed that with the advent of the festival, the people of the state will get awareness regarding the health benefits of kiwifruit consumption.
As part of the function, a souvenir titled '1st Manipur Kiwifruit Festival' was also released.