Need For Organic Farming Strategy In Manipur

Concept of Organic Farming Organic farming is a holistic production management system based on basic principle of minimizing the use of external inputs and avoiding the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides to ensure sustainability of agriculture. Organic agriculture finds reference only in one place under the chapter “Sustainable Agriculture”. The history and traditional knowledge of agriculture,...

Fund For Urea Subsidy Proposed

IMPHAL, May 18: The State Agriculture Department is all set to apprise the finance Department authorities to sanction Rs 2 crores so that Urea to the farmers can be provided at subsidized rate. Speaking to The Sangai Express, Agriculture Minister Ph Parijat said even though factory price of a Urea bag is less than Rs 200, the same quantity, without subsidy, are provided to the farmers in the State...

Agri Experts Visit Shajouba Village

Agriculture experts inspecting cabbage and cauliflower farms at Shajouba village. Image Credit: Sangai Photo IMPHAL, May 15: In an initiative taken up under the supervision of District Agriculture Officer (DAO), Senapati, an agriculture expert team visited the vegetable fields of Shajouba village yesterday. The village has been producing cabbage and cauliflower since past 10 years without any seasonal...

BRIEF NEWS: May 12, 2011

AJLM flays IMPHAL, May 11: All Jiribam Loumi Marup (AJLM) has flayed the Agriculture office at Jiribam for failing to serve its purpose, reports our Jiribam correspondent. AJLM president Th Bokul rued that no farmer of Jiri has ever benefited from the Agriculture office till date and the office is existing only for namesake. He also warned of agitation if the authority concerned fails to make it functional...

Governor Calls For Enhancing Agriculture Production

Governor Gurbachand Jagat and other officials inspecting the stalls of CAU Agri Fair, 2011 which opens on Monday. Image Credit: Sangai Photo IMPHAL, Apr 18: The aim of the agriculture researchers, extension workers and policy makers should be to stimulate attitudes and actions which should result in asserting agricultural progress in terms of improvement in the income of farm families, not only to...

Mobile Soil Testing Kits Distributed

Mobile soil testing kits being handed over to a farmer. Image Credit: Sangai Photo IMPHAL, Apr 16: Along with the launching of Soil Health Management Campaign, Department of Agriculture has provided mobile soil testing kits to farmers at a function held today at the Irawat Memorial Hall in Challou. As chief guest of the function Agriculture Minister Ph Parijat along with functional president Commissioner...

Indian Water Policy: British Period To Post Independence

As far as access to water by the majority is concerned, the water policy in India appears to benefit the powerful and the rich. At present in Manipur Loktak Project Khuga Dam & Tipaimukh Dam are planted by water policy. During the British rule, this was in favor of the imperial powers. Later, after Independence, the development planning evolved strategies for increasing productivity, which, in...

Farmers Go On Exposure Trip

IMPHAL, Mar 24: Farmers of Chandel district today visited different places of Imphal at the guidance of District Agriculture Officer, Chandel under the Agricultural Technology Mission Agency (ATMA). The farmers belonging to Chandel, Tengnoupal, Machi, Khengjoy and Chakpikarong blocks and numbering eight from each block visited Shantipur in Imphal West II where rice is being cultivated with SRI method. The...

Union Budget 2011 For Agricultural Sector

Union Finance Minister presented India’s budget for the financial year beginning in April 2011. The budget covers (a) Taxes, (b) Subsidies, (e) Fiscal Deficit, (d) Sector Spending, (e) Agriculture, (f) On the state of the economy, (g) Spending, (h) Revenue, (i) Growth inflation expectations, G) Disinvestment, (k) Borrowing, (1) Policy reforms and for some more areas for development. The overall budget...

Horticulture For Diversification Of Agriculture —With Special Reference To Tamenglong District—

Introduction of Mushroom cultivation as an industry will be the pivotal role for employment and income generation. Horticulture which includes fruits, vegetables, roots and tubers, mushrooms, floriculture, medicinal and aromatic plants, cashew, coconut, and oil palm has been emerging as an important sector for diversification of agriculture. Presently, horticulture has established its creditability...

“Jhum Cultivation … With Us”: Clarification

Mr. Th Mangminthang Gangte, at the outset, I express my gratitude for your rejoinder to my article “Jhum Cultivation must stay with us” published in The Sangai Express on 10/02/2011. Hadn’t you put up such rejoinder, this piece of article might not be written for public reading. I feel, you and I are among the few who think seriously for the betterment of tribal people who are excruciating and...

Jhum Cultivation Must Stay With Us!!!

These days, Jhum cultivation also known as ‘slash and burn method of cultivation’, ‘shifting cultivation’ etc has been under continuous scanner for its productivity and ecological viability. This form of cultivation is followed widely in almost all the North Eastern States including the hill areas of Manipur. There are those who consider jhum cultivation as unproductive and ecologically disastrous...

State Tops In Use Of ‘Fertilizer’

IMPHAL, Feb 12: In the Northeast region, Manipur is at the top in using chemical fertilizer for agricultural purposes, soil chemist Ph Rajendro of State Agriculture Department has pointed out. Inaugurating a day-long trainers’ training program held under the theme of ‘Chinzakta Mipal Tangdaba’ at the conference hall of EEMA at Keishampat Junction today, Rajendro observed that too much dependence...