Manipur, July 1: In Manipur, northeastern India, 30,000 hill farmers have gone organic, meaning that the state could soon become a leading organic producer in the country. By the end of the year, six organic producing companies will be formed in the state, comprising 500 farmers each. Depending on the locations, these companies will produce high value organic oranges, lemons, pineapples, turmeric, ginger and the hot, aromatic king chilli.
Playing a revolutionary role in this transformation is MOMA, the short form of Manipur Organic Mission Agency. Instituted as the nodal agency for the central scheme – Mission Organic Value Chain Development for the North Eastern Region – of the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, MOMA functions under the aegis of department of Horticulture & Soil Conservation, government of Manipur. Initially 3000 hectares in the 6 hill districts of Manipur is being covered under the scheme.