IMPHAL, Oct 16 - In a bid to promote organic farming in Manipur, the Horticulture and Soil Conservation Department opened an organic outlet at Khuman Lampak here today.
The organic outlet was conceptualised by the Ukhrul District Tribal Development Committee (UDTDC) under the guidance and supervision of the Manipur Organic Mission Agency (MOMA), Horticulture and Soil Conservation Department.
Speaking on the occasion, Horticulture and Soil Conservation Minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar underscored the need for encouraging the State farmers towards organic farming. Citing reasons in this regard, he said: �Organic products have a huge demand in the global market and, therefore, Manipur can capture a sizeable market by its variety of products.�
In this context, he said that the Horticulture and Soil Conservation Department is planning to procure organic produce through its wide network.
The minister said consumption of organic produce would help in maintaining and improving a healthy lifestyle and also help the organic farmers to generate income.
K Debdutta Sharma, Project Director, MOMA, said that the State has 12,500 registered organic farmers and the figure is likely to increase in the future as more and more people are now opting for organic products.