By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Jul 13 : A one day State level workshop on "Sustainable economic development in tribal areas" was organised by Tribal Research Institute Chingmeirong Imphal at TRI auditorium today.
Speaking on the occasion, TRI Manipur joint director Dr Gaikhamsin Riamei said, experts and resource persons will be deliberating on the workshop which will focus on various techniques to be utilised for sustainable development and urged all to plant more trees so as to prevent severe climate change and global warming.
He said that, during jhum cultivation in the hills, the method of spraying salt in paddy field (to kill the weeds) will eventually dry out the nutrients in the soil adding that paddy seeds will be able to grow on such field up to a maximum of three years only, which is incorrect.
This is in turn affect the production and will damage the soil permanently, he noted while appealing all farmers, who are carrying out jhum cultivation in the hills, not to choose this method.
The workshop has been organised with an aim to raise such awareness, Gaikhamsin said and urged all to hear the suggestions provided by the experts on how to plant trees in the right way, correct way of jhum cultivation etc so that sustainable economic development id brought in the State.
Professor Ch Priyoranjan, Department of Economics, MU, Professor Nabakumar, Department of Anthropology, MU and Professor MC Arun, Department of Anthropology spoke at the workshop as resource persons during the 1st academic session.
Meanwhile, Assistant Professor of IGNTU Regional Campus Manipur Dr Homen Thangjam, Associate Professor of Dambdei College Motbung Dr Priyadarshni and Assistant Professor of Manipur College Dr Lunghim Longmei spoke during the 2nd academic session.
Manipur State Commission for Scheduled Tribes member Dr Simpson Sareo graced the function as the chief guest while Prof W Nabakumar, Department of MU and Joint Director, TRI Manipur Dr Gaikhamsin were present at the event.