CM Biren prioritises enhancing food-grain productivity

IMPHAL, 11th May: Considering the impact of the current nationwide lockdown on the economy, the state government has decided to focus on agricultural and horticultural sectors, chief minister N Biren Singh has said.
Speaking during the inspection of Loktak Lift Irrigation (LLI) System located at Ningthoukhong, Bishnupur district with water resources minister Letpao Haokip on Monday, CM Biren stated that the priority of the government is to make Manipur a self-sufficient state on food production. A High Level Task Force has also been constituted in this regard.
He asserted that the government was determined to make the LLI functional so that the paddy fields remain green in lean season too. The functioning of such irrigation system would make double and triple cropping farming system easier in various areas of the state.
Biren confided that after due pressure by the state government, Central government agencies like NABARD etc., provided a sum of around Rs 47 crore for the revival of LLI System.
The CM reiterated that the government is committed to fulfil all the promises that have been made to the people of the state. The Loktak Lift Irrigation (LLI) scheme is now functional after 14-15 years, he added.
Minister for water resources Letpao Haokip said that good irrigation system is a must to make the state self-sufficient in food production. He also informed that the remaining six pumps of the LLI will be functional soon.
With an objective to provide irrigation to various parts of the state, the Loktak Lift Irrigation scheme was inaugurated in 1981. Manipur Pollution Control Board chairman L Radhakishore, Manipur Legislative Assembly deputy speaker K Robindro, Manipur Building and Other Construction Workers' Welfare Board chairman H Dingo, LDA chairman L Susindro Meetei, DC and SP of Bishnupur district, officials of Water Resources Department were also present during the inspection.

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