Manipur farmers urge Governor to solve fertiliser crisis

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Imphal, Sep 3 (UNI) The Manipur Loumi Lup, an apex body of the farmers of the state, has urged Governor Gurbhachan Jagat to help the farmers by ensuring adequate supply of fertilisers.

General secretary of the organisation H Ibobi Singh said the government should solve the crisis faced by the farmers and proper land reforms should be effected.

''As Manipur is a landlocked state, the agricultural sector is suffering due to frequent landslides on National Highway 39. There is shortage of essential commodities as NH 39 is the only road connecting the state with the rest of the world,'' he said.

He also urged the government to ensure availability of seeds, power, irrigation facilities, fertilisers and pesticides for the farmers.

Official sources said the Imphal-Dimapur route on NH 39 had been disrupted following incessant rainfall during the past 48 hours.

The Nagaland government has stopped movement of trucks loaded with more than 15 tonnes and as a result large number of trucks are stranded at Nagaland.

The alternative route NH-53 (Imphal-Jiribam) is also not conducive as the bridges cannot support heavy vehicles.

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