AIZAWL, March 14 - The Mizoram government�s ambitious project, New Land Use Policy has increased the State�s rice cultivation while decreasing the area of the tradition shifting cultivation, Governor Lt Gen (retd) Nirbhay Sharma said in the State Assembly today.
In his customary address on the first day of the Budget session here, Sharma said the NLUP contributed to an increase in rice production since its inception, which has also resulted in a decrease in jhum area, reflecting a shift towards permanent cultivation.
The Governor said land area under oil palm cultivation has seen a manifold increase with resultant increase in production. �Funds received under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) are being ulitised under the Production Growth and Infrastructure & Assets components. Implementation of various components under the National Food Security Mission (NFSM) for increasing foodgrain production in the State is ongoing in all the eight districts under NFSM-Rice, NFSM-Pulses and NFSM-Coarse cereals,� he added.
�The NEDP aims at providing bold, practical, effective and comprehensive strategies to push the economy to a high growth path,� he said. Rs 250 crore has been earmarked for the current fiscal for implementation of the policy and another Rs 27 crore was expected to be converged with the NLUP, he added.
Regarding trade with neighbouring countries, he said that the Centre has given assurance the development of Rih-Tiddim road in Myanmar to improve the connectivity with the border of the country.
�The Centre has assured that 80-km-long Rih-Tiddim road would be developed to improve the connectivity with Zokhawthar. Better security measures will also be imposed to curb the illegal trade between the countries,� he said.
�In respect of border trade with Bangladesh, a plot of land measuring 9 acres has already been earmarked for the construction of integrated check post (ICP) at Kawrpuichhuah,� he said.