IMPHAL: Manipur Organic Mission Agency (MOMA) under the aegis of Horticulture and Soil Conservation Department achieved yet another milestone on Saturday by airlifting 5 (five) quintals of organic turmeric to Mumbai which have been grown in Tamenglong district.
Horticulture and Soil Conservation Minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar along with the officials of the department led by K. Devadutta Sharma, Mission Director, Manipur Organic Mission Agency (MOMA) were present in a simple function held at Imphal International Airport.
Addressing to the mediapersons, Minister Th. Shyamkumar said the turmeric powder is airlifted to Mumbai city after which it will be taken to other places. He said the turmeric produced in Tamenglong district is consumed by people across the country and is in high demand.
He opined that the high demand of the organic turmeric and other produces’ of the State will increase the income of the farmers who are registered under MOMA. He also lauded the officials and farmers working under the MOMA for sincerely and diligently working towards achieving the goal. He also said if they continue their hard work than the organic produces/products of the State will surely make a name in the world.
K. Devadutta Sharma, Mission Director, MOMA, said that Lakadong variety of turmeric is one of the five crops which were grown organically since 2016 in the State, as it is identified as export oriented crop. He said the organically certified Lakadong variety of turmeric has high level of curcumin and the buyers are ready to pay high premium.
He said that the Diocesan Social Service Society-Imphal, a service provider under the aegis of MOMA is working with the registered farmers of MOMA in Tamenglong, Noney and Ukhrul districts. DSSS and MOMA collaborated to airlift 5 quintals of organic turmeric in powered form to the H&S Spices in Mumbai for the first phase. He hoped that the turmeric which has high demand across the country will surely improve the livelihood and income of the farmers registered under the MOMA.
MOMA is a centrally sector scheme ‘Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North Eastern Region (MOVCDNER).