Manipur to set up food processing units

Manipur to set up food processing units
Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh at the 11th state level Pineapple Festival at Khousabung in Churachandpur district on Thursday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Sep 6 | Publish Date: 9/6/2018 10:34:19 AM IST

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh Thursday said that state government would construct four food processing units having cold storage facilities in the state with financial assistant from the Centre.

Addressing the inaugural function of the 11th State Level Pineapple Festival at Khousabung in Churachandpur district, Singh said that the processing units worth Rs. 20 crore each would be constructed at four different places.

The list had already been forwarded to the Central government and Khousabung of Churachandpur famous for its pineapple has been included in the list, he added. Singh further said that necessary steps would be taken to revamp the Moirang-Khousabung road either under PMGSY or state PWD work programme at the earliest. 

The chief minister also said that playground in Khousabung village would also be developed under Central government scheme “Khelo India”. 

He said that 18 places had been identified for the construction of Sadbhavna Mandaps (community halls) in different parts of the state.  State government will also consider construction of a common multipurpose hall for different communities residing in the area as well, he added. Singh said Manipur would become a developed state only when it export its products to other states and countries in large scale.

In this regard, he said state government had provided monetary assistance to around 334 entrepreneurs in the first round of State StartUp scheme and the notification for the 2nd round would be issued soon. 

During the function, the chief minister distributed Manipur Pineapple Festival Awards to different farmers of the area. State agriculture minister V Hangkhanlian, horticulture minister Th Shyamkumar and YAS minister Letpao Haokip also attended the inaugural function.


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