Aizawl, April 10: A substantial quantity of broom stick worth Rs 42,69,470 harvested in different parts of the state were sold in the fiscal year 2015-16, Forest Department officials said.
Quoting the officials, a Sunday leading paper ‘Zalen’ said that 15,564 quintals of broom stick worth Rs 34,61,320 were sold under legal trade during 2015-16, while there were 1,338 quintals confiscated by Forest Department from illegal trade which are sold at Rs 8,08,150 making up the total revenue at Rs 42,69,470.
Though the price of broom stick was differ from place to place, one kilo was sold at Rs 30 at an average.
Forest officials said that the broom sticks to be sold outside state were not done on Mahal and that of broom stick under reserved area and community area were auctioned by respective Forest Division officials and were given to the lowest bidder.
While a royalty of Rs 7 royalty per kilo was imposed on area where there were no bidders, Rupee one was imposed as administrative charge on broom sticks harvested from individual land, the officials said, adding a transit pass was issued for transport to outside Mizoram.
Broom stick harvest from Mizoram are not only sold to neighboring states, but exported to foreign lands, a leader of Hnam Chhantu, the organisation that purchase broom stick since 1997 said.
He said that the purchase system maintained by the organisation provide suitable market to the growers as it checked and balanced the manipulation of outsiders.