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Chief minister N. Biren Singh inaugurates first ginger festival

Chief minister N. Biren Singh inaugurates first ginger festival

Source: Imphal Free Press.

IMPHAL | Apr 20 : Chief minister, N. Biren Singh inaugurated the first ever state-level ginger festival cum business summit at Parbung in Pherzawl district today. Speaking on the occasion as the chief guest, he announced that a ginger processing unit having solar drier system and packaging units would be set up at Parbung at the earliest. He also announced that the government has earmarked Rs. 75 lakh for ginger farming at 200 hectares of land under Mission Organic at the area. Expressing hope that it would largely benefit the villagers, N. Biren Singh said that out of this total amount, Rs. 35 lakh would be provided as grants to farmers. Mentioning about rich floras and natural resources of the state, the chief minister said the state would host a world bamboo conference in February next year. Around 100 delegates from different countries would participate in the conference, he added. In this regard, N. Biren asked the officials of forest and horticulture departments and DCs concerned to have regular deliberations to make the conference fruitful. As the ginger price fixed by the villagers of the district is higher than the market price, the state government has decided to contribute Rs. 20 lakh to ensure profit to the villagers for this year, the chief minister said. He also said Rs. 10 crore has been earmarked to construct cold storages at 13 different places of the state. The chief minister stated that his government has decided to launch ‘Go to Village’ mission in order to ensure delivering the benefits of different social security schemes of the government at grassroots level. Biren said BSNL would take up necessary steps to enhance internet connectivity at the area. Horticulture and soil conservation minister Th. Shyamkumar said his department has been able to work closely and in better co-ordination with the people of different districts with the coming of the new government. Demand for ginger is generally high but the state has failed in marketing part due to different reasons, he said while adding that the new government would channelize marketing of different horticulture products now. Works minister Th. Biswajit, Manipur Tribal Development Corporation chairman and Thanlon AC MLA Vungzagin Valte, chief secretary J. Suresh Babu and other high ranking state officials also attended the function. Cultural extravaganza, products exhibition, seminar/workshop and musical night etc are the main highlights of the two-day festival organised by the festival organising committee with an objective to encourage ginger growers and promote organic high quality ginger of the state to the world.