According to the local sources, it has been revealed that Manipur’s annual paddy production is likely to fall as compared to the previous year of about 33,421 hectares of paddy fields out of 1,95,000 hectares which were severely damaged by July flood this year. Last year, the productivity of rice was achieved with 2,640 kg/hectare against the National average of 2,177kg/hectare. While, speaking to the reporter, the State Agriculture Director Mr Louis Ngasainao, it was informed about the connection with the July flood and subsequent initiative which are being taken up by the State Agriculture Department to meet the upcoming challenges in Manipur. It was informed that in this matter that a proposal has been submitted with a detailed project report worth Rs 5 crores to the Central Government through the State Government under the contingency plan.
Further, it was narrated that so far there is no response from the State as well as the Central Government in this regard, according to Mr Louis Ngasainao, who assumed the Director of the Agriculture Department since February 24 this year. However, on the other hand, meanwhile, it has started to distribute mustard and pea seeds in the hill districts and thereafter it will be followed by the valley districts. It was also stated that these natural calamities such as floods and droughts occur due to global warming and climate change and those would continue to occur in the future too. It was also emphasized on the modernization of the jhum cultivation in the State and an initiative in this regard has been taken up.
As per the data on crops damage, it has been reported that there is altogether 19,164 hectares of paddy fields which were affected in Thoubal district alone, followed by Imphal East where 4,881 hectares of paddy fields were ravaged by the floods. However, interestingly in total 5,286 hectares of agricultural fields, including 3,618 hectares of paddy fields were affected in the five hill districts during the extensive floods in the State. Among the five hill districts, Ukhrul was worst affected district. Total agricultural fields measuring around 2,417 hectares, including 1,319 hectares (paddy), 1020 hectares (maize), 23 hectares (soybean) and 20 hectares (blackgram) and 15 hectares (ground nut) followed by Chandelhaving which was affected maximum agricultural fields measuring around 1,967 hectares, including 1,415 hectares (paddy), 286 hectares (maize), 124 hectares (oilseed) and 142 hectares (pulses). Other affected districts include are Bishnupur (3,320 hectares) and Imphal West 2,329 (hectares).