Imphal: Member of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises National Board Robin Blackie has expressed that it will be very regrettable if any individual is found selling urea fertilizer meant for distribution to farmers at higher prices in Langthabal AC. He made the statement while distributing bags of the fertilizer to farmers of Langthabal AC at subsidised government rates at his residence at Maibam Leikai, Bokul Makhong in Imphal West district.
In the first phase, Robin Blackie distributed the urea fertilizer to 100 farmers of the constituency.
Further, he said that the objective of social workers is not to work with the motive for profit and added that he joined politics in order to serve the people and reached out the materials supplied by the government to the people at actual subsidised rates.
He asserted that he heard rumours some individuals in Langthabal AC have been selling urea at Rs. 350 to Rs. 370 per bag to the farmers, while the government subsidised rate is only Rs 300, saying that it is quite unfortunate. If any individual is found selling urea at higher prices taking advantage of the farmers’ requirement during the critical phase of cultivation, it will be most unfortunate for the whole people of the state.
We should not forget that we depend on the crops produced by the farmers who work hard day and night bearing the strong heat of the sun. He also thanked the agriculture minister for making the Urea fertilizer available to the farmers. Robin Blackie said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Government has also launched different schemes for the welfare of the farmers of the country. Among them are the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojna launched on February 24, 2019 which has been giving benefits to the farmers by providing an income of Rs. 6000 every fourth month. He said the Bima Yojana (PMFBY), a government sponsored crop insurance scheme also gives many benefits to the farmers whose crops has been affected by natural calamities. Under PMFBY, 9, 62,91283 farmers in India including Manipur have been benefited so far, he continued.