Aizawl, Feb 1: Out of the total 8957.44 metric ton of oil palm harvested since 2008, Mizoram received revenue or income of Rs 455.67 lakh, Agriculture department officials said.
As per the record maintained by Agriculture Department, oil palm cultivation has begun in Kolasib and Lunglei district of Mizoram since 2005 under integrated scheme of oilseeds, pulses, oil palm & maize (ISOPAM) scheme. The cultivation of oil palm under ISOPAM continued till 2010-11 was, besides Kolasib and Lunglei, expanded to another 3 districts of Mizoram viz. Mamit, Serchhhip and Lawngtlai within five years. The extent of area being used for oil palm cultivation in 5 districts during 5 years was 1878 hectare big, department officials said.
Under RKVY’s Special programme on oil palm area expansion (OPAE) scheme, the area used by cultivation of oil palm in other district, barring Aizawl has been gradually expanded since 2011-12 and the total areas used for the cultivation in 6 districts during 3 years (2011-12 to 2013-14) has reached to 4532 hectare big.
Oil palm cultivation was again launched in 7 districts of Mizoram since 2014-15 under National mission on oil-seeds & oil palm (NMOOP) scheme and the total area of land used in the cultivation was only 2980 hectare big which was comparatively small against the total area used in the preceding three years.
Thus, the total area of land used for oil palm cultivation during 10 years is estimated at 23,358 hectare big. While the total harvest from 2008-09 till November last year was estimated at 8957. 4365 metric tone, the total revenue or income received from the sale was Rs Rs 455,66,644.
As many as 225 villages have been covered by oil palm cultivation in 7 districts and there are about 10,800 farmers of which small & marginal farmer are majority, according to agriculture department.
The Government of Mizoram submitted a project at an estimate of Rs 536.53 lakh to Institute of oil palm research (IIOPR) under Central government and measure is under way for cultivation of oil palm at 60 hectare big ‘Chuanchung ram’ in West Serzawl in Mamit district, department officials also said.