IMPHAL, July 6 � Nongthombam Brojendro of Awang Potshangbam Khunou in Manipur�s Imphal West district was awarded this year�s best farmer of the State prize. Brojendro, who produced 10,773.42 kg of paddy per hectare was also presented a power tiller.
The second prize went to Thokchom Romeo of Kakching Ningthou Leikai, who produced 10,721.86 kg of paddy per hectare. He was given a Kamco power reaper while one Asem Priyokumar of Wangoo Sandangkhong village received the third prize and a Kirlosker water pump for producing 10,573.86 kg of paddy per hactare.
However, Priyokumar has questioned the decision of the Agriculture department. �How come they gave me the third prize?� He had recently received the national �Krishi Karma Award 2012-13� which carries a cash award of Rs 1 lakh and a memento. He has a paddy production record of 11,800 kilogram per hectare in 2012-13.
The prizes to the highest crop producing farmers of all the nine districts of the State were also distributed during a function held at the State Agriculture Directorate premises on Saturday. The best farmers at the district level were given a cash prize of Rs 30,000 each.
Agriculture Minister Md Abdul Nasir, Agriculture Commissioner Rajesh Agrawal and Agriculture Director S Gunija attended the function.