Aizawl, Aug 6: Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla today launched NLUP Pilot Project “Buh leh Sangha khawi pawlh” (Paddy-cum-Fish Culture) at Serchhip Zawlpui, Mat plain in Serchhip District. The pilot project is to be carried out at Mat plain and North Vanlaiphai paddy field.
Chief Minister, the Chief Guest on the occasion, thanked Fisheries department for coming up with the good idea of Paddy-cum-Fish Culture, adding that it is necessary to take new steps in order to progress. In case it fails, another new and better idea would replace it, CM said.
Good cooperation among the different departments would be necessary for the success of the pilot project, Chief Minister said.
He added that he, in particular, expects Agriculture Department to know its responsibility for the success of the project and therefore develop a close cooperation with the Fisheries Department.
Guest of Honour Dr. BD Chakma, Fisheries Minister, on his part advised the fish farmers to develop the habit of consulting Department experts.
James Lalrinchhana, MCS, Secretary, NLUP Implementing Board, who also spoke on the occasion, said that Paddy-cum-Fish Culture would be first carried out in Serchhip District and Champhai District as experimentation, and that according to its success, it will be expanded further.
Under the NLUP Pilot Project “Buh leh Sangha khawi pawlh” (Paddy-cum-Fish Culture), farmers at Mat plain who are cultivating 129 hecatare paddy field are provided with young fishes and fish feed worth Rs. 24 lakh.
Likewise, farmers at North Vanlaiphai who are cultivating 120 hectare paddy field are also provided with young fishes and fish feed worth Rs. 20 lakhs. 1000 young fishes per hectare have been distributed.
Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla had yesterday inaugurated Fish Feed Mill set up at the cost of Rs.19.19 lakhs at Govt. Fish Seed Farm, Lengpui. With Disintegrator, Pulverizer, Mixture, Food Extruder and Hot air drier installed, the Fish Feed Mill is supposed to produce 200 kg per day.