Aizawl, Aug 14: Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Krishna Raj on Tuesday said Mizoram has great potential to become an organic state.
Raj, who arrived here on official tour on Monday, told reporters that Mizoram has the potential to expand itself in agriculture, horticulture and allied sector.
She said that the centre has recently approved 111 projects including two animal ambulances for Mizoram under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY)or National Agriculture Development Programme to improve agriculture and its allied sector in the state. The project cost was Rs 11.87 crore which would be met through a funding pattern of 90:10, she added.
Citing that Prime Minister Narendra Modi led centre government is giving utmost attention to development of the NE region, the visiting minister said Modi has instructed all the Northeastern states to give emphasis on Act East Policy for socio-economic development of the region.
She said that the center was giving priority to development of the farmers and massive effort is being taken to increase their income by double through blue, green and white revolutions.
“Mizoram has got great potential to increase the income of farmers through blue revolutions,” she said.
Raj said that she is contemplating calling a meeting of all agriculture ministers of eight northeastern states to consider about the centre policy to improve the condition of oil palm growers (farmers) and thereby augment their income.
Citing that there are good schemes for animal husbandry and fishery under her ministry, she asked the Mizoram government to apply for project under blue revolution to increase famers income as Mizoram has huge untapped potential in fisheries and aquaculture, which can contribute considerably to improve the livelihoods of the farmers as also women empowerment.
“With the collective efforts of both the centre and the state governments, we will try our best to improve the living condition of farmers in Mizoram and increase their income four to five times through blue, green and white revolution,” she said.
Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, who accompanied Raj expressed hope that the minister’s visit will bring development in the field of agriculture and horticulture in the state.
He added that the minister has promised the state government to improve all link roads to all weather roads.
Raj also on Tuesday called on Lal Thanhawla at the latter’s bungalow over issues related to the welfare of the farmers.
She told the state chief minister that Mizoram has rich potential to develop farmers and emphasized on the need for launching dairy entrepreneur development scheme to promote dairy firm and assist cow farmers.
Lal Thanhawla on his part informed the visiting minister the need for evolving marketing strategy for the northeastern states and expansion of organic farming in Mizoram.
He also asked the minister to arrange special package for construction of agriculture market road in the NE region and setting up of crude palm oil refinery in Mizoram.