Senapati: The pictorial Tingsong village in Manipur’s Senapati district has the potential of growth in agriculture sector due to the thickly-covered forested areas and its favourable climatic-condition.
This mountainous and remote village lies at a distance of around 90 km from its district headquarters and over 100 km from Imphal along the Mao-Maram tehsil. However, despite its distance from the city, Tingsong village is highly acclaimed for producing the highest number of rice beans, a family of legume, in the state.
Locals claimed that the village could produce 2,000 tins’ of rice beans grown on a high range of hills annually and largely distributed across the state.
The village is pre-dominantly occupied by the Tangkhul and Poumai Naga communities having overall households of around 300 with a population of 1,377 as per the 2011 census.
Stephen, a local farmer, was on his way to attend the paddy fieldwork when inquired about the number of tins a family could harvest in a year.
“Every family residing in the village are engaged in paddy works. However, to support our children’s education and attend our family needs, we also invest our time for rice beans farming,” said Stephen.
As informed by Stephen, each household in the village could harvest minimum 40 to 50 tins and maximum 3,600 to 5000 kg of rice beans in a year and sell it for Rs 60 per kg.
Apart from being engaged in the traditional farming system, sustainable farming is widely practised by the villagers as their main source of income and farming of the hardy crops topped the list.
“Despite staying a far distance from the town, our life is much better now with the recent road connectivity. Earlier, it was very difficult for a livelihood since we couldn’t generate income from the resources we get here due to no proper roads,” Thanmila, mother of eight beamingly said.
Locally known as ‘Theirathei’ in Tangkhul and ‘Chakhawai’ in Manipuri, this legume family crop is one among the versatile staple and non-meat protein diet, filing the plates and bellies of many people in the state, especially in the hill areas.
Also, brimming with high in fibre and nutritional goodness, this delicious and sustainable crop ‘Theirathei’ comes with an assortment of colours in white, black and grey.
This cash crop normally planted during the rice plantation season between May to June and harvest in November and December.
With increasing demands from different parts of the state, the placid Tingsong village is now on the map of the state’s economy.