Aizawl, Feb 17: Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Representative in India Shyam Khadka yesterday visited Horticulture Centre of Excellence in Thiak village and held interaction with the local farmers there.
The farmers apprised him of the steps they have taken and also put up the different problems they have been facing in their endeavor.
Shyam Khadka said that Horticulture Centre of Excellence would be of great important for the progress of Horticulture in Mizoram. He asked the management to continue doing their best. Khadka also said that FAO is taking steps so that Mizoram may do away with shifting cultivation as far as possible and instead of it terrace system may be followed more and more.
If crops and fruits are produced in abundance even in places other than Mizoram where rainfall is scanty, Mizoram has no excuse to make, he added.
The visiting FAO Representative underlined the need of land and water resources conservation and also the need of rainwater harvesting. He also suggested more use of natural fertilizers.
Khadka also the same day visited FAO and Agriculture Department of Mizoram government joint initiative- the ongoing training for Mizo Sloping Agricultural Land Technology (MiSALT) trainers.
FAO Senior Consultant Antonio Paliwal, under whose guidance the training is being held, briefed Shyam Khadka on the training programme, mentioning that things are carried out according to the land system and the people of Mizoram.
The training is being attended by representatives of ATMA, Agriculture Department, Horticulture Department, Soil & Water Conservation Department and All Mizoram Farmers’ Union (AMFU).