Imphal:  Militant outfit United Revolutionary Front (URF) on Monday said it has banned import of onions and potatoes in Manipur from other states.

In a statement here, URF publicity secretary A K Pibarel said they consider it necessary to develop a self-reliant economy of Manipur and urged farmers in the state to cultivate and produce the agricultural products abundantly.

They have also threaten to ban the entry of other vegetables and tobacco products like cigarette, bidi, etc, from June 18.

Official sources said it would not be possible to prevent the sale of all these daily-need items because the state doesn't produce onion, potatoes of other vegetables enough to feed people of the state.

They said steps would be taken to make the inflow of all essential items from states.