Manipur’s Central Agricultural University (CAU) has announced to develop 20 model fruit villages in the entire Northeast to boost the economy of underprivileged farmers, informed the Vice Chancellor of CAU Dr M Premjit Singh. ‘We shall also showcase the production of different fruit varieties of the region in the process.’ Singh also shared that the university has already adopted 20 villages in the eight Northeastern states.
The Vice-Chancellor announced the plan during the inaugural function of the three-day National Indigenous Seeds Festival 2019 at the Central Agricultural University campus in Imphal. Dr Singh also said that Meghalaya will have the maximum model villages, while Manipur will have two. ‘The plantation of around 400 litchi plants has already started in Kwatha village. In Yumnam Khunou village, we are planting tree bean (yongchak), papaya and jackfruit.’
The National Indigenous Seeds Festival held in the university is being attended by farmers and NGO members from 15 states across the country. In the last two and a half years, the university has planted more than one lakh fruit-bearing trees to generate income for farmers, in accordance with the Prime Minister’s initiative to double farmers’ income by 2022.
CAU, which has its headquarters in Imphal, is the largest agricultural university in the country, having 13 colleges and six Krishi Vigyan Kendras across the Northeast, excluding Assam, under its jurisdiction.