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Land-use policy boost for farmers

Silchar, May 6: The Mizoram government will introduce a new practice, which envisages a single crop in each village as part of its flagship scheme — new land use policy (NLUP) — to modernise agricultural practices in the state.

This new farming practice, one-village-one-crop, was approved in Aizawl recently during a meeting of the NLUP Implementation Board (NIB).

The vice-chairman of the scheme, P.L. Thanga, presided over the meeting.

The new farming practice will be set in motion in the third and fourth phases of the NLUP programme, which seeks to modernise the farming system in the state and make the Mizo farmers self-sufficient. It aims at boosting the economy in the eight districts of the state, with effect from May 13.

Agriculture department sources in Aizawl said this policy — a Centre-sponsored programme at a cost of Rs 2,876 crore — would replace the earlier system.

Under the earlier scheme, each beneficiary of the flagship scheme would be required to select a trade, agriculture or horticultural practice and other self-employed business and the funds for it would be provided from the policy.

The Mizoram government’s transport department has drawn up a project to renovate its once flourishing bus service between Silchar and Aizawl, a distance of 182km along National Highway 54 after a gap of almost a decade.

According to the officials at Mizoram House here, this project was approved during the visit of Mamit MLA John Rotluangliana to the government bus terminus here yesterday. The officials said the renovation scheme would cost Rs 10 crore, and would also envisage the construction of a guesthouse and the sprucing up of the now derelict bus stand.

The minister reportedly assured the transport department staff here that every effort would be made to officially inaugurate Mizoram State Transport bus services soon.