MTU VC okays affiliation of Agri-Engg course
IMPHAL, 10th Oct: Manipur Technical University (MTU) vice chancellor Prof L Tombi has announced that the affiliation for the new BTech in Agri-Engineering course to be introduced in Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhya Institute of Agricultural Science, Utlou with MTU would be approved.
He made the announcement as chief guest of a one-day discussion programme on doubling farmers’ income along with distribution of agricultural inputs to local farmers held at the Institute on Thursday. Prof Tombi continued that it would be impossible to double the income of farmers without improving their present conditions first.
Farmers of the state do not want their children to become farmers due to the lack of respect and level of economic deprivation remaining unchanged. Farmers in Punjab are highly respected and as such, efforts must be taken up for us to accord the same respect to farmers in Manipur, he asserted.
The professors further remarked that elected representatives and officials often forget that the main occupation in the state is agriculture. If serious attention is given to the agricultural sector, it would help raise the GDP of the state and the country, he contended.
In his speech, KVK Bishnupur District chairman and former union minister Th Chaoba said that development is impossible without farmers. Thus, as part of KVK’s objective to help double the income of farmers by 2022, the programme was organised to distribute agricultural inputs such as fingerlings (baby fishes), piglets, ducklings and seeds to selected farmers of Laishram and Kumbi villages, that have been adopted by KVK, he conveyed.