MOMA, Department of Horticulture, Soil Conservation & Agriculture organize two days interface prog
Newmai News Network
Imphal | October 1
Manipur is trying to achieve the “organic status” by not using fertilizers while farming. As fertilizers are one of the factors that bring health hazard, the Agriculture minister of Manipur is on all out effort so that farmers stop using fertilizers.
Manipur Horticulture and Soil Conservation Minister, Thounaojam Shyamkumar appealed today to the farmers in Manipur to end the use of fertilizers so as to achieve “organic state status” for Manipur. He urged the farmers to stop using fertilizers for a healthier Manipur.
The Minister was speaking at the ‘Two Days Interface Programme on Strengthening of Farmer Producer Companies under MOVCDNER’ held at training hall of Directorate of Agriculture, Sanjenthong organized by Manipur Organic Mission Agency (MOMA), Department of Horticulture and Soil Conservation and Department of Agriculture.
Th. Shyamkumar said that he has proposed to the Chief Minister and his Council of Ministers that the Government should ban chemical fertilizers in the state and replace with vermicompost.
Speaking on the health hazards caused by the chemical fertilizers, the minister said that the increasing number of cancer cases in the state is alarming and it is the collective responsibility of all the stakeholders to resolve to take serious action.
Shyamkumar then advised the officers of the department to impart awareness among the farmers about organic cultivation and various schemes/programmes. He also said that there is a need for an emotional connection between the farmers and the officials of the department to succeed in achieving the “organic state status” for Manipur.
Also speaking on the occasion, Letkhogin Haokip, Additional Chief Secretary (Agriculture) expressed serious concern over dependence to other states for essential food commodities, and added that all the stakeholders must contribute to make Manipur self reliant and self-sufficient state.
JC Ramthanga, Principal Secretary (Horticulture and Soil Conservation) said the continuous usage of fertilizers has been the cause of various health ailments. He said the ultimate objective of the Manipur Organic Mission Agency (MOMA) under the central scheme MOVCDNER (Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North Eastern Region) is to make Manipur 100 percent organic and various programmes are being undertaken in all the districts of the state.
He then said as part of the objective, establishments of cold chains in all the districts are in the process. He also said that the Government alone cannot ensure success of the programme, as full cooperation is needed from the farmers/Farmers Producer Organisations (FPOs) and the process of setting up of various Farmers Producer Organisations (FPOs) are under process.
In India, FPOs are registered under Indian Companies Act, which allows 10 or more producers to form an organization to transact business in which profit is distributed among its members. The vision of Mission Organic Value Chain Development in North Eastern Region, a central scheme under Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India will be achieved only when the FPC formed with the beneficiary organic farmers under the scheme could establish with business model to sustain them in the long run. 10 FPCs constituting 500 farmers each are formed under the scheme which started in 2015-16.
The objectives of the FPC are: collectivization of farmers producers to facilitate improved access to investment, technology, inputs and markets; to create easy linkages for availing benefits under various schemes of both Central and State Government; to build a prosperous and sustainable agricultural sector by supporting member-owned Producer Company, that enables the farmers to enhance productivity through efficient, cost-effective and sustainable resource use.
The advantage of the FPC are: confidence building to the private investor; facilitate availing benefit both from public and private sector; strengthen the bargaining power; becomes eligible to avail equity grant and credit guarantee fund scheme, venture capital fund of SFAC; advantage in purchase of big machineries, equipments, bulk purchase; a producer company is a hybrid between private limited company and a cooperative society.
The first day of the inaugural programme was also attended by Ph. Rajendra Singh, Director, Department of Agriculture; K. Kipgen, Director, Department of Horticulture and Soil Conservation; K. Debadutta Sharma, Mission Director, MOMA; concerned department officers; Farmers Producer Company (FPC); Board of Directors and service providers.