IMPHAL: Manipur farm, Thangmeiband on Sunday felicitated Yengkhom Bishwajit Singh of Kakching and Thingbaijam Johnny Chanu of Lamboikhul Awang Leikai, the state’s two farmers who recently bagged Kirishi Karman Award for progressive farmers for highest production in rice and pulses during 2017-18.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi awarded Yengkhom Bishwajit Singh for highest production in Rice while Thingbaijam Johnny Chanu in Pulses.
Dr M. Thoithoi, Subject Matter Specialist, KVK Thoubal while addressing the gathering said that receiving such a national award by two progressive farmers of the state is a proud moment for us. Other farmers can also win such awards if they work hard, he said.
He said that high productivity in agricultural products depends on high tech farm machineries and cropping techniques. With the change of time, modern agriculture depends on farm machineries. For example, productivity of potato in Manipur is low due to poor farm machineries and cropping techniques. Low productivity in potato is due to shallow tillage of the land. Potato yield can be increased if the land is tilled deep by a tractor with 50 horse power.
Stating that Manipur farm has been equipped with modern high tech farm machineries, he said that farmers can hire the machineries by paying some amount of affordable fee.
Stating that other farmers can also win such national award, he said that farmers need to wisely choose the good variety of crop and apply proper cropping pattern. To win the award, farmer Yengkhom Bishwajit planted ‘Tampha phou’ rice variety while Thingbaijam Johnny Chanu planted ‘Rachna’ pulse variety. Two two varieties are high yielding variety, he added.