Most farmers from Manipur who have adopted integrated farming claim that with higher output, the new method has provided better quality products.
The farmers say that the Integrated Farming Systems (IFS)'s ' Greener Revolution ' has brought them fruitful results.
Moirangthem Ajit, a 42-year-old farmer along with wife Sundari, has been cultivating papayas for the past four years in Nambol Phoijing in the state's remote Makha village of Bishnupur district, now using the new farming technique has included several other vegetables in his field.
The couple's one-hectare farm located at the Keithelmanbi hill base, which they started with Rs. 12,000 investment now has over 500 papaya plants.
“Before planting papayas, I wanted to plant other vegetables as well. I began this farm thinking that it would be more benefcial than paddy,” said Ajit, who dropped out of school in the fourth class.
Today, with the help of the integrated farming method, the farmer has other crops in his field such as, cabbage, mustard leaves, brinjal, and gourd and other vegetables, which he says have yielded him more income.
His wife Sundari said: “We faced a tough time to run the family with the meagre earnings of my father. I began earning by working in the field and took up other available jobs to support my family.”
Updated by: News Sources 2020-01-10 1:24 PM