Imphal: Manipur has already started the process of digitalization of agriculture, preparation for the launch of agriculture census for 2021-2022 has been completed and it will be launched at the earliest, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said.
A door-to-door survey will be conducted using tablets or smart phones to collect all relevant information from farmers. It should be completed by December, the chief minister said.
Biren was attending a video conference on Thursday chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on natural farming and digital farming from the Cabinet Room of the Chief Minister’s Secretariat.
He highlighted the measures taken by the state and the progress made in natural agriculture and digital agriculture.
Regarding natural farming in the state, he said that natural farming in the state has improved a lot from before.
“In view of the adverse effects of chemical fertilizers, we are promoting natural and organic farming,” the chief minister said, adding that places where livestock are used in agriculture have been identified in four districts to set up GOVAR-DHAN factories on a pilot basis.
He pointed out that previously only about 5,000 hectares of land was used for organic farming, which has now increased to 37,000 hectares. With the support and assistance from ministries, the state government will be able to encourage 100 percent natural and organic farming, he said.
After brief speeches from the Chief Ministers and Ministers of Agriculture of the participating states, the videoconference ended with an address by Amit Shah.
The video conference was also attended by Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya.
Biren was accompanied by Agriculture Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh, Horticulture and Soil Conservation Minister Letpao Haokip, Chief Secretary Dr. Rajesh Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary P. Vaiphei, Commissioner M. Joy Singh, officials from the agriculture department and the horticulture and soil conservation department.