Organic farming is on the rise throughout the Northeast. Manipur Organic Mission Agency (MOMA) recently completed a five-day mission to promote organic ginger plantation in 10 villages in Pherzawl district of Manipur. The mission was taken up under Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North East Region, in association with common ginger growers.
MOMA members said that their team found 300 hectares of ginger cultivation at Pherzawl headquarters, Damdei and their adjoining villages. During an inspection in the fields, they interacted with the farmers and also found incidences of ginger rot disease. MOMA trained the farmers to prepare compost organic manure and liquid manure out of farm and animal waste. Knowledge of the basic principles of organic farming was also imparted to them. Organic pesticides for control of ginger rot disease were distributed to the farmers.
At Senvon, about 20 fields were inspected, and it was found that the farmers had cultivated ginger following professional mixed/intercropping pattern. The extent of cultivation is estimated to be around 500 hectares.
A primary processing unit developed by the Central Agricultural University, particularly for washing, slicing and drying, was installed at the Pherzawl headquarters. Its functioning was demonstrated to the farmers. The team found that about 2,000-3,000 hectares of the hill village of Pherzawl is covered under ginger cultivation. They said the allocation of the area for ginger cultivation in the second phase, fixed at 500 hectares for 500 farmers, may be increased to at least 1,000 hectares.
MOMA members also shared that the slopes are suitable for organic farming, which will not affect the environment.