AIZAWL, Oct 7 - The Autumn session of Mizoram Assembly which began here on Tuesday paid rich tributes to former President APJ Abdul Kalam who died in Shillong on July 27.
Members from all parties in the House recalled the great services rendered by Kalam to the country both as a scientist and as President and observed a minute of silence as a mark of tribute to him.
Recollecting the great contribution and services rendered by Kalam to Mizoram, Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla in his obituary reference said the late President visited the State in 2005 and addressed the House during which he had made several suggestions.
Kalam suggested the use of 2,600 hectares of fallow land to produce more cash crops and fruits at low expense. Some of the crops which he suggested could be cultivated for 50 years while some fruit trees could start yielding fruits within two years. �The President�s suggestion has given a bright future to Mizoram�, Lal Thanhawla said. The late President also suggested effective exploitation of bamboo, the State�s largest natural resource which would yield as much as Rs 30 crore out of which the State would earn Rs 10 crore annually.
Other suggestions included cultivation of yams, ginger, oranges, pineapples and papayas, boosting the growing of Anthurium flower, and setting up of nursing colleges in the State, the Chief Minister recalled.