Imphal: Maniour Works minister Govindas Konthoujam distributed winter vegetable seeds to selected beneficiaries of four districts — Imphal East, Imphal West, Thoubal and Bishnupur.
The seeds were distributed during a launching programme of Winter Vegetable Seeds Distribution under Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture, held on Wednesday at the chief minister’s secretariat, here.
The programme was organised by the department of Horticulture and Soil Conservation.
The winter vegetable seeds included onion, garden pea, cabbage, broccoli, knol-khol, cauliflower and tomato.
Govindas Konthoujam expressed the need to continue taking up economic activities which are essential for the progress and development of the state, though the state is currently passing through a tough phase. “Otherwise, the state would face detrimental effects in its economy.”
Economic development would automatically lessen crime and violence in the state, he added.
Mentioning the soil degradation caused by poppy plantation, he spoke on the initiatives of the state government, under the guidance of chief minister N. Biren Singh, in providing alternative plantation crops for sustainable livelihood to poppy cultivators.
Stating that vegetable seeds provided by the government are of good quality, he urged the beneficiaries to cultivate the distributed seeds properly.