HENGBUNG (MANIPUR), May 22 – The Director General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Dr S Ayyappan has announced plans to initiate schemes to enhance profitability and productivity to bring back the people by making agriculture prestigious and profitable.
He also promised that the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) at Hengbung village in Manipur’s Senapati district would be equipped with a seed processing unit to supply quality seed to the needy farmers in the region.
The Director General, who is also the Secretary of Department of Agriculture Research and Education (DARE) was on his maiden visit to the State on Saturday.
Hengbung based host NGO Foundation for Environment and Economic Development Services (FEEDS) president Haokholet Kipgen and Deputy Commissioner of Senapati PK Jha were present during the visit.
Kipgen of FEEDS, welcoming dignitaries said that the jhumming cycle has come down to less than five years making the tribal farming system unsustainable unlike in the past when the shifting cultivation cycle was more than 12 years.