In Manipur, a consignment of one Metric Tonne of organic Chak-Hao was exported to Europe today. Locally known as Chak-Hao, the Black Rice found in Manipur had got the Geographical Indication (GI) tag and it had good demands from different parts of the country and abroad. For the first time, one Matric Tone of this highly nutritious rice variety was being exported officially to different European countries.
Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh flagged off the consignment of organic Black Rice in a simple function held at Imphal today. He also flagged off vehicles carrying quality seeds for distribution to villagers of different districts of the State which have been affected by destruction of poppy plantation due to the Government’s ‘War on Drugs’ campaign. These quality seeds are being provided to villagers under the Alternative Seed Distribution Scheme of the Department of Horticulture and Soil Conservation of State Government.It may also be mentioned that the export of organic ginger and pineapple produced in Manipur are also done regularly under the aegis of Manipur Organic Mission Agency, Manipur.
The Manipur Government’s ‘War on Drugs’ campaign was launched to destroy the illegal poppy plantations. As a result, during 2020-21, many poppy growers were affected and to mitigate the adverse and immediate impact of poppy destruction on poor farmers, the State Government led by Shri Biren Singh chalk out ways to provide quality seeds as an alternative means of livelihood to the farmers. An amount of Rs. 50 lakh was sanctioned during 2020-21 for procurement of the quality seeds and distributed the same to the farmers.