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Bamboo, horti crops can revolutionise NE economy: Mizo CM
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 AIZAWL, Feb 3 - Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga has asserted that the Northeastern region has rich bamboo resources and potential in horticulture and the region’s economy can be revolutionised through these sectors.

Zoramthanga was speaking at the NE regional meeting of Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH), organised by Mizoram Horticulture department at Aijal Club here Saturday.

Zoramthanga, who holds the Horticulture portfolio, elaborated on requirement of holistic approach for promotion of horticulture crops and integration of technologies for increased production and sustaining quality of produce. “The Northeastern States are most suited for development in primary sector which includes produce of the land,” he said. Emphasis should be made on large scale production, transportation, processing and marketing, he said.

Stating that the Northeastern States including Mizoram have sufficient land which is suitable to feed its own people, Zoramthanga opined that Mizoram and all the other States of the North East can revolutionise and transform the economy of their respective States and thereby improve the economy of India as a whole through large scale production and marketing of bamboo and other horticulture crops.

In the inaugural programme, Dr Namita Bhuyan, Horticulture consultant, Government of India, gave a power point presentation on MIDH. SK Paul, assistant commissioner, MIDH, presided over the technical session in which deliberation was made on working difficulties of MIDH programme, suggestion of new components, cost norms and innovative ideas to be incorporated in the Revamped MIDH beyond 31.03.2020 focusing on the eight NE States. Representatives of NE attended the one day meeting on MIDH.

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