Manipur's agriculture fair shows new agricultural techniques, products

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Imphal, March 28 (ANI): The northeast region of India has long been recognised as a hub of medicinal and aromatic plants where scientific cultivation of the natural abundance can ensure high benefits to farmers.

To showcase new agricultural techniques, organic products and equipment, the agriculture fair was held at the premises of the Central Agricultural University (CAU) in Manipur state.

The fair showcased organic products, equipment and agricultural techniques tailored for the climate and terrain of the northeastern states of the country, which are imparted to farmers and even school dropouts.

"Agriculture is the main source of livelihood for the people of Manipur and the other states of the northeast region. Development of agriculture and the allied sectors plays a crucial role towards the overall development of the region. Obviously, agriculture and allied sectors are the backbone of the economy, not only of northeast (region) but the entire country," said Manipur Governor Gurbachan Jagat.

The main objective of the fair is to give a fillip to scientific technology in agriculture and its allied sectors and train farmers in the same.

"We have come here to exhibit the items during the agri fair and we have come from Mizoram (state). So whatever the products we displayed, we have imparted training to the farmers and school dropouts; something like ginger candy, as ginger is found in good quality in Mizoram, so we are imparting training to the unemployed youths," said Dr K P Chowdhury, coordinator of the agriculture fair.

The region has been facing problems of shortage of food and nutrition due to the constant rise in population, poverty, land degradation and overall scarcity of land resources to sustain the livelihood of the farming community. (ANI)

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