By Our Staff reporter
IMPHAL, Jul 12 : "Grow one million Avocado trees project 2019-21" was officially launched today by Action For Greening Manipur (AGM) at Kuki Inn Imphal today.
Speaking at the inaugural function, Adim Pamei said that the first ever "Grow one million Avocado trees project 2019-21" was launched in Manipur under the aegis of Action For Greening Manipur so as to make the fruit widely available in the State.
He maintained that the particular fruit is grown only in some States of the country and added that although people has started growing the said trees in the State, necessary preparations were not made to plant the trees in a wide scale, until today.
Adim Pamei informed that if more than 100 Avocado trees are planted by a household/family then one can become a beneficiary and enjoy special benefits while adding that a suitable committee/society has been formed to manage this process.
Maintaining that Avocados are grown in hot temperature/places, he added that as such the fruit is suitable for plantation in places like Noney and Jiribam districts.
Apart from the providing ample amount of vitamins and other benefits to the human body, soaps , lotion, shampoo and beauty care products can also be made from the said fruit, he added.
Adim Pamei went on to state that Avocados bear fruits in three years after plantation and Action For Greening Manipur
Beneficiaries planting more than 100 Avocados or who are in the process of planting and taking care of the trees will be provided with rice every after four months and Action For Greening Manipur in collaboration with Department concerned will provide possible aid to the beneficiaries as well.
Conveying that the project is among other welfare initiatives launched by Prime Minister Modi, he urged all the people, especially the farmers to start planting Avocado trees and explore its benefits.
Certificates were also presented to the farmers/beneficiaries who planted Avocado trees.
Adim Pamei said that Avocados are available at the rate of Rs 700 to 800 per Kg while the locally grown Avocados are available at Rs 200 per kg.
He maintained that the fruit can be used for other purposes even if the fruit becomes stale for eating and appealed to all to extend support and cooperate the Govt's initiative.
Action For Greening Manipur Ambassador as well as Manipur State Disaster Management Authority vice chairperson Adim Pamei graced the launching function as the chief guest while social workers Yanglet Haokip, Kharge Tamang, Chinlunthang and Paokholal Haokip also attended.