Aizawl, Oct 9: Urging Mizoram to act along with the central government’s Act East Policy, Governor Nirbhay Sharma today said that the ‘peace and tranquility’ in the State which is one of the pillars of success can be used for progress and development ahead of others.
The people in the State being above others in terms of literacy; the climate of the State being pleasant; and the land fertile for cultivation of all kinds of crops can bring in huge success provided Mizoram acts with strong determination and with competitive mind far more than now, the Governor said.
The easiest means with which Mizoram can achieve success is Horticulture, and within it there is higher hope with ‘organic farming’, the Governor further said.
Urging Mizoram to work harder, the Governor added that Mizoram as of now is working below its capacity. He encouraged the promising Mizo youth to move out and expand their knowledge for Mizoram.
He also exhorted the youth to learn different languages and have a broad mindset but not at the cost of their culture and heritage.
Governor Lt.Gen(Rtd.) Nirbhay Sharma was addressing a Conference on “ Linking Prospective Food entrepreneurs with Government Schemes & Markets” jointly organised by Mizoram University’s Department of Horticulture and The Associated Chambers of Commerce of India( Assocham). It was the initiative of Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MOFPI), Government of India and Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA).
Governor Nirbhay Sharma, who inaugurated the conference, said that it is thankful the Central Government has changed its mindset regarding development in North East.
Now, not from Delhi, but plans for development for the region are made from here at home, he said, adding, from Look East Policy now comes Act East policy.
For Act East Policy to be successful, the North East regions needs to be developed first, the Governor said.
The conference of Prospective Food Entrepreneurs in the day was also addressed by Ronald Sapa Tlau, MP(RS), Mizoram, Prof. R.Lalthantluanga,Vice Chancellor, MZU, J.P.Meena, Addl.Secretary, MOFPI, GOI and Prof. Amritesh Ch.Shukla, HOD, Dept of Horticulture, MZU.
Rajya sabha MP Ronald Sapa Tlau told the gathering that 75% crops and fruits in Mizoram cane be cultivated in a productive way while Prof. R.Lalthantluanga spoke on the feasibility of setting up Food Processing testing and research centre in Mizoram.
MOFPI Addl. Secretary J.P. Meena on the other said that India is widening its reach in Food Processing for the welfare of the farmers across the country. Ongoing mega food park project shall also be carried out in Mizoram, he said.
Resource persons Sunita Rai, AGM, APEDA, Rosanglura Ralte, HO, Horticulture Department, Amitabh Dutta, AGM, SBI, Lalngilneia, Sr.Manager, MRB and John Saikhuma, GM, MSME gave invaluable instruction during the conference.