Imphal: Continuing his field visit of Seri farms in the State, Sericulture Minister Awangbow Newmai Saturday visited the Seri farms located at Nachou Panthong, Kha Potsangbam, Ningthoukhong Khakhunou, Phubala, Tronglaobi, Moirang Khunou, Kumbi, Terakhong Kumbi, Haotak, Sagol pat and Torbung Bangla in Bishnupur district.
Speaking to the media persons, Minister Newmai said he was satisfied to see the hard work of the Seri beneficiaries (farmers). He said that to help people earn income, under the Integrated Sericulture Project (ISDP) the beneficiaries are provided assistance for construction of silkworm rearing shed to produce cocoons, rearing appliances, planting materials which includes training facilities in the field of silkworm rearing and mulberry plantation. He said that the silk yarn is then sold to the weavers or to the Directorate of Sericulture.
He further said that if each and every beneficiary under the Seri and other departments work hard then the problem of the unemployment will be solved to some extent. If suitable schemes are implemented under the various departments for the farmers as per their interest and area suitability, farmers can gain more profit, he added.
He said that the Seri officials have already identified fraudulent beneficiaries and the process to punish them with a befitting penalty will be initiated soon by the Directorate. He said hard-working beneficiaries will be further encouraged by the Sericulture Directorate by giving them the required additional help. He said that he was impressed to see the Seri beneficiaries of Moirang Khunou working in a cluster under the supervision of the Thanga MLA and added that they have set an example for the people of the State.
T Robindro, MLA Thanga AC said that 30 Seri beneficiaries in a cluster have planted 70,000 saplings of mulberry plants in Moirang Khunou polling C area. Most of the beneficiaries’ do not own agricultural land and were earlier working in paddy fields owned by others. Many of them were rendered jobless as machines have overtaken work at paddy fields, he added.
Minister Awangbow Newmai was accompanied by Leishiyo Keishing, Chairman Hills Area Committee also MLA of Phungyar AC, officials of the Directorate of Sericulture including the Director S Kunjakshore Singh, Ch Harendra Singh, Deputy Director, among others.