Separate policy for farmers stressed
IMPHAL, 17th Oct: Youth Forum for Protection of Human Rights, Environment Conservation Network, People’s Platform Secretariat and People’s Human Rights of Climate Change jointly organised the 2nd Farmers’ Convention on the topic, ‘Right to food and climate change’ at Lamyanba Shanglen, Palace Compound here Thursday.
Speaking at the convention, Environment Conservation Network convener Kh Rebati Raman noted that lack of a definite policy for farmers in the state is the reason why the food producers experience extreme hardship during floods, droughts, etc. Many of them are yet to receive their entitled benefits such as crop insurance and schemes. As such, the state government needs to formulate a policy for the farmers, he asserted.
The convener further said that if the farmers were to receive the proposed compensatory benefits due to damage caused to their farmlands owing to development of Loktak Project, Mapithel Dam, Ithai Barrage, Dolaithabi Dam and others, much of their hardships could be alleviated.
In his speech, CSIR, NEIST Senior Principal Scientist, Dr H Birkumar urged farmers to plant alternative cash crops such as lemon grass, aromatic plants, etc., apart from the traditional food crops, so as to increase their income. In addition, adoption of integrated farming could go a long way, he observed and cited the example of Rajasthan, which is a leading factory for betel nuts despite having no betel crops in that state. Most of the betel nuts are imported from Assam, he pointed out, while suggesting that similar works could be taken up in Manipur as well. CAU Agronomy HOD Dr L Nabachandra; Agriculture Department assistant project officer Nimaichand and United NGO Mission- Manipur secretary U Nobokishore were also present at the convention.