Monday, January 30, 2023

Digitization will revolutionize agriculture: Manipur CM


Integration of farming activities into digital technology will revolutionize agriculture in the country as well as in the state, said Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Thursday.
In his speech at a video conference on “Natural Farming and Digital Agriculture” chaired by Union home minister Amit Shah, Singh also highlighted steps being initiated by the state and progress made regarding natural farming and digital agriculture.
He said that the state had already initiated the process for digitization of agriculture and preparation for the agriculture census for 2021-22 has also completed and it will be initiated at the earliest.
“Door to door enquiry will be conducted using tablets/smart phones to collect all relevant information of farmers. We are aiming to complete this by December, 2022,” the chief minister said. The chief minister also said that natural farming in the state has improved much than before.
“Considering the ill effects of chemical fertilizers, we are encouraging natural and organic farming,” he said.
Locations where cattle were utilized in farming were also identified in four districts to set up GOVAR-DHAN plants on pilot basis, he informed.
The chief minister also highlighted that earlier only around 5000 hectare of land was utilized for organic farming which has now increased to 37000 hectare.
With the support and assistance from the Central ministries, the state will be able to encourage 100 percent natural and organic farming, the chief minister concluded.
After brief speeches from participating chief ministers and state agriculture minister, the video conference concluded with an address from the Union home minister Amit Shah.
The video conference was also attended by Union minister of agriculture & farmers welfare Narendra Singh Tomar, Union minister of chemicals and fertilizers Dr Mansukh Mandaviya, chief ministers and agriculture ministers of different states.
Chief minister N Biren Singh was accompanied by agriculture minister Thongam Biswajit Singh, horticulture & soil conservation minister Letpao Haokip and state chief secretary Dr Rajesh Kumar, among others officials of the concerned departments of the state government.

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