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Mizoram farmers demand land reforms


Mizoram farmers demand land reforms

Aizawl, Sep 28: Hundreds of farmers under the aegis of All Mizoram Farmers’ Union (AMFU), the lone farmer organisation in the state, took out to streets in Aizawl on Friday demanding land reforms and regulated market system for sustainable development of farmers, who constituted about 70 per cent of the state’s total population of over 11 lakh.During the protest rally held between Chanmari point and Vanapa hall here, protesters shouted slogans that reads “We don’t want the government that fails to frame regulation for development of farmers,” “We want land reform and regulated market for sustainable development of farmers.”

The protesters also demanded that Agricultural Produce and Livestock Marketing (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2017 be implemented immediately.

Addressing the rally in front of Vanapa hall, AMFU president Joseph H Thanzuala strongly blamed the state government for failing to introduce land reform and regulated market system in the state due to which farmers faced inconvenience in selling their produces.

Accusing the government of showing crocodile tears to farmers, Thanzuala said that the state government did have any love and sympathy for the farmers but wanted them (farmers) to live under poor living condition.,

He said that the union had evolved green revolution and economic policy for economic development of the state in 2014 but the state government remained hesitant to implement the policy.

General Secretary of the union Zion Lalremruata said that farmers could not sell their produces due to absence of market.

He alleged that many beneficiaries under the state flagship programme New Land Use Policy (NLUP), who were made to choose broom and ginger cultivation by the state government faced enormous inconvenience as the government failed to arrange market for their produces.

Lalremruata further said that farmers across the state also faced market problem due to poor connectivity.

The union has made repeated appeals to the state government for land reform and introduction of agriculture marketing system, but to no avail, he added.

“We need land reform and regulated market to develop and improve the living condition of farmers,” he said.

He also urged that government to construct and improve agricultural link roads across the state.

Accusing the government of misusing NLUP project for political gains, Lalremruata  said that only congress party workers were selected as beneficiaries under the flagship programme.

He blamed the government for acting in arbitrary manner by choosing ruling Congress MLAs to select 400 each beneficiaries from 40 assembly constituencies and sidelining opposition legislators.

“We don’t want party oriented government but people’s government, which can evolve laws for development of farmers,” he added.

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Mr. Khojol is a journalist based in Aizawl, Mizoram. He writes for various national and regional media houses. In his free time, he can be caught reading books and watching movies.

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