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Imphal: Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Tuesday transferred a total of Rs 125.955 lakh to the bank accounts of 210 farmers of Senapati, Churachandpur, Tamenglong and Chandel districts under two different schemes of Tribal Affairs and Hills Department in a function held at the Secretariat.

The implementing agency of these two schemes viz. Cultivation of High-Tech Banana in Hill Districts and Development and Income Generation through Promotion and Preservation of Indigenous Produce King Chilli (U-Morok) is Manipur Organic Mission Agency (MOMA) of Horticulture and Soil Conservation Department.

Speaking on the occasion, CM Biren Singh stressed the need to work on mission mode for 100% replacement of chemical fertilizers with organic manure. Stating that chemical fertilizer is responsible for many diseases, the chief minister expressed his strong desire for speedy expansion of organic cultivation in the state. He also asked the officials and experts to find ways for large-scale production of organic manures. 

The CM also directed the officials concerned to identify one horticulture/agriculture produce each of all the 16 districts to enhance production and market it outside the state. He asked them to submit a list within a week.

The chief minister also directed the officials to closely monitor and guide the beneficiaries in farming. He stated that Manipur should also contribute in realizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of making India a $5 trillion economy by 2024-25.

TA and Hills minister Vungzagin Valte, Additional Chief Secretary (Horticulture and Soil Conservation) P Vaiphei and other officials were also present.

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