|Manipur awarded for foodgrain production|
IMPHAL, Jan 2 - Manipur has bagged the Krishi Karman Award 2017-18 for the best performing State in the total foodgrain production category-III (production less than one million tonne).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi handed over the prestigious award to Chief Minister N Biren Singh at a function held at the Government Pre-University College at Tumakuru in Karnataka today, sources at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat said.
The award carries a trophy, a citation and a sum of Rs 5 crore.
The Chief Minister was accompanied by Agriculture Minister V Hangkhanlian, Commissioner (Agriculture) M Joy and Director (Agriculture) Laltanpui.
Two progressive farmers of the State – Yengkhom Bishworjit Singh of Kakching Panji Leikai, Kakching district, and Thingbaijam Johnny Chanu of Lamboikhul Awang Leikai, Imphal East district – received the Agriculture Minister’s Krishi Karman Award for Progressive Farmers for highest production of rice and pulses respectively in 2017-18. The award consists of Rs 2 lakh along with a ‘Prashashti Patra’.
During the year 2017-18, the State achieved the highest production of rice and pulses to the tune of 2,570 kg per hectare and 960 kg per hectare against the national average of 2,475 kg per hectare and 779 kg per hectare respectively, a statement from Chief Minister’s secretariat said.
Governors, Chief Ministers, Union ministers and Agriculture ministers of different States also attended the function. The winners were selected by a committee headed by top officials of the Union Government on the basis of their assessment of performance regarding production outcomes, implementation of crop production programmes and innovative approaches adopted for effective service delivery.
There are three categories of awards for total foodgrain production based on production in the past five years.
The Prime Minister also presented Krishi Karman awards to other selected progressive farmers, apart from releasing the third instalment of the Prime Minister-KISAN scheme among the beneficiaries at the function.