National Indigenous Seed Festival underway at CAU

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 12th Oct: A three-day long National Indigenous Seed Festival organised jointly by All Manipur Trained Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Promoters’ Consortium (AMAPCON) and Bharat Beej Swaraj Manch (BBSM) has commenced from Saturday at the main auditorium of CAU Imphal.
CU vice-chancellor professor M Premjit and retired IAS Dr RK Nimai attended the inaugural session as chief guest and president respectively.
In his address, professor Premjit highlighted the importance of preserving and promoting indigenous seeds even though hybrid seeds are dominating indigenous seeds due to their high yield capacity. As such incentives from the government are very much important to promote indigenous seeds, he said.
Lauding the efforts of state farmers in preserving and promoting indigenous seeds, he said that there is still a big question on how long they will continue their efforts without assistance from the government.
Agriculture is a complex mechanism and better technological inputs will help in producing surplus quantity of food products without which the state will remain dependent in terms of food. Surplus production of rice could discourage jhuming cultivation in the hills, he noted and encouraged farmers to incorporate integrated farming system for better productivity.
He also expressed concern over the decreasing number of food producers in the state while drawing immediate attention from the government for promoting agriculture to achieve the target of surplus food production.
Several experts presented their views on conservation and promotion of indigenous foods, and medical & aromatic plants during the conference held on the first day of the festival.
The second day will have a conference on organic farming and entrepreneurship along with a panel discussion on banking and marketing facilities.


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