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IMPHAL | Sept 6 : Chief minister, N. Biren Singh said that the state government has included Khousabung in the list of selected places where food processing unit having cold storage facility would be constructed.
He made the announcement while speaking as chief guest at the 11th State Level Pineapple Festival at Khousabung, Churachandpur district today.
The CM said that the processing units worth Rs. 20 crore each would be constructed at four different places under a Central government scheme. The list had already been forwarded to the Centre few days ago, he informed.
He also said that necessary steps would be taken up to revamp Moirang-Khousabung road either under PMGSY or state PWD work programme at the earliest.
Stating that the Central government is currently running a scheme known as ‘Khelo India’ under which village playgrounds are being developed across the country, the CM also announced that the playground of Khousabung village would also be developed under this scheme.
Informing that 18 places had been identified for the construction of Sadbhavna Mandaps (community halls) in different parts of the state, Biren said that the state government would also consider construction of a common multipurpose hall for different communities residing in the area as well.
Festivals to promote different horticulture products are being organised in different parts of the state and to name a few, Lemon Festival at Kachai, Pineapple Festival at Andro and Khousabung, Orange Festival at Tamenglong and Ginger Festival at Pherzawl can be mentioned, said Biren. These festivals not only enhance sale and production of horticulture products but also encourage the sense of competition among farmers, he added.
He also said that Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has a dream to double farmers’ income by 2022. He said that ever since Ginger Festival was organised at Pherzawl this year, ginger farmers of the district now have a permanent buyer of their produces.
The CM said that Manipur would become a developed state only when its products are exported to other states and countries in large scale.
Informing that the state government had provided monetary assistance to around 334 entrepreneurs in the first round of ‘State Start-Up’ scheme, Biren said that notification for the second round would be issued soon. Applicants may apply online or in the office of the State Planning department, he added.
Speaking on the occasion, minister for Agriculture, V. Hangkhanlian said that such festival is just a mere festival but to encourage the farmers to produce more pineapples in the coming years.
Later, the CM distributed Manipur Pineapple Festival Awards to different farmers of the area.
The function was also attended by Horticulture minister, Th. Shyamkumar, YAS minister, Letpao Haokip, chairman of Hill Area Committee, T.T. Haokip, chairman of Manipur Pollution Control Board, L. Radhakishore, and MLAs, H. Dingo and Th. Satyabrata.
Prior to the inaugural function of the festival, the CM inaugurated health and wellness centre at Khoirentak, Churachandpur district. So far, 20 health and wellness centres have been inaugurated under the Ayushman Bharat in the state.