Imphal, May 10: Known for its beauty and organic farming, the Northeast has embraced natural entities to the fullest. Continuing the same, the farmers in the state have been practising organic farming religiously and for years it has been their sustainable source of income. Encouraging and accepting change, a new method of integrated farming has yielded better production of crops for many.
Driving in the force by green revolution and escalating the economy of the state, organic farming has come as a boon for Northeast region.
Mayengbam Shyamchandra Meitei who has received several awards for his efforts in integrated organic base farming said, "With an increase in population, there is also a need to produce more food. Instead of planting one crop, planting two or more crops yield double, which benefit the region. With that aim, I started integrated farming." Meitei also runs a vermiculture plant for making organic fertilisers for his farm.
The integrated farming system helps stabilise income streams through natural resource management and livelihood diversification. Meitei added that the central government has helped him by providing some financial assistance. Initially with vermicomposting, he received financial help of Rs 15,000. And likewise, the horticulture department as well as the Panchayat Pradhan helped him in his achievement.
Integrated farming has not only become a source of livelihood for many but it provides opportunities for agri-oriented industries and related tourism based activities.