Aizawl, Sept 10: State official statement today that reports on the visits paid by Director of Agriculture (Crop Husbandry) Dr. C.Lalzarliana and team on 8 & 9 September, 2015, indicated that Oil Palm cultivation in the southern part of the state is promising.
Director of Agriculture Dr. C.Lalzarliana, accompanied by Lunglei DAO J.Rothanga and other department officials, were inspecting the initiatives of Agriculture Department in Lungsen and Tlabung of Lunglei District.
The inspecting team on 8 September, 2015 visited Oil Palm Compact Area at Saisih and Khawthlir in Lungsen during which they also organised Farmers’ Training.
26 families of Saisih are engaged in Oil Palm cultivation in an area of 28 hectares. The Oil Palm being cultivated there are up to the mark, the official report said.
Agriculture Director Dr. C.Lalzarlina encouraged the farmers to further take up Oil Palm cultivation, telling that it takes only 4 years to start bearing fruit and that it is not sensitive to fire burn and Oil Palm famine as such is not known.
Moreover, the readily available market is what makes its cultivation a very promising endeavour, the State Agriculture Director told the farmers, who received 5 brush cutters and 3 Sprayers from him.
Another Oil Palm Compact Areas – Khawthlir (of Lungsen) and Leuhloh (of Tlabung Zodin) were also visited by the Agriculture Director and team on 9 September 2015 during which Dr.C.Lalzarliana inaugurated the newly constructed SDAO Office at Tlabung at a cost of Rs. 15 lakhs under RKVY scheme.
Zara said that Tlabung will continue to be an important place for Agriculture as such the new office has also been constructed.
The villagers also as such need to take up cultivation according to the climate of the area through oil palm, he said.
R.K. Nithanga, Dy. Director (Oil Palm), Tlangtinmawia (Technical Officer to Director), J.Rothanga, DAO Lunglei, SDO(C) Tlabung, SDPO Tlabung, DFO Tlabung and Village Leaders were also present at the inauguration of the new SDAO Office.