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Manipur has rich biodiversity: Venkaiah Naidu

  

Manipur has rich biodiversity: Venkaiah Naidu

Manipur has rich biodiversity: Venkaiah Naidu

Source: Imphal Free Press.

IMPHAL | Apr 18 : Vice-president, M. Venkaiah Naidu on his maiden visit to the state today, acknowledged the rich abundance of biodiversity in the state and urged the locals and farmers to tap maximum possibilities out of it. He suggested boosting farmers’ economy of the state through large scale production of indigenous items like scented black rice (Chakhao), king chilli, ginger, turmeric, oranges, pineapple and so on. Venkaiah Naidu addressed the valedictory function of one day state level workshop on “Biodiversity and sustainable agriculture for doubling of farmers’ income” held at City Convention Centre, Palace Compound. He said that agriculture has become unviable, and farmers and people from rural areas are migrating to cities for livelihood by leaving agriculture. To make agriculture viable, infrastructures such as road connectivity, cold storage, godowns, regenerating lakes, affordable loans and so on are provided and the government is on a mission to boost the agriculture productivity of the farmers in the coming years, he stated. There always will be issues, reasons and wrongs and are also known by all, he stated and urged the gathering to focus on solutions and the implementation of it. Researchers should come up with ideas on training farmers and stakeholders, developing marketing and export strategies, establishment of value addition facilities and packaging etc. The state government needs to focus more on implementation and development to increase farmers’ income, he added. Manipur is not only blessed with biodiversity but is also helping conserve nature and appreciated the effort of CAU and the government. He further said that Manipur is not a poor state but rich in different fields. People should learn to tap dividends from its potentials, said, the Vice-president. Stating that the government of India has not undermined the talents, Venkaiah Naidu said that Mary Kom, Sanjita Chanu and Mirabai Chanu had done the whole country proud in the recently concluded Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast in Australia. And it is because of these talents that the central government has decided to set up the only National Sports University of the country in the state, he reiterated. The vice president was accorded a warm welcome by the state officials, chief minister, Nongthombam Biren Singh, governor, Najma Heptullah, forest minister, Th. Shyamkumar, agriculture minister, V. Hangkhanlian and other ministers and MLAs. While chief minister gave the welcome address during the valedictory function saying that the workshop is held in sync with the decision of central government to double the income of the farmers by 2022, the state government has begun its works on developing strategies. He also informed that agriculture and allied activities are the mainstay of the state’s economy as about 70 percent of the people depend on it. Governor, Najma said that in this 21st Century, “we are strategizing to be more practical in our approach to identify potential sector for improving economic condition of the people and solving the unemployment problem which is a major issue in the state.” She cited the rich biodiversity of the state is under varying degrees of threats from natural and anthroponic factors, including climate change. The workshop was organised by state government and Central Agricultural University (CAU), Imphal. Students, research scholars of CAU and Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), staffs and officials of agriculture department and farmers attended the workshop. The Vice-President landed at the Imphal International Airport at 13:50 pm.On his arrival at the airport Venkaiah Naidu was accorded warm welcome led by the governor of Manipur, Najma Heptulla and chief minister of Manipur, N. Biren Singh. The joint battalion of Manipur Rifles and Indian Reserve Battalion presented the Guard of Honour to the Vice-President at Raj Bhavan, Imphal. The Vice-President of India is visiting Manipur on his three-day tour program to Assam, Meghalaya and Manipur.