Kolasib declared Oil Palm District of Mizoram
Newmai News Network
AIZAWL, May 9
[dropcap]K[/dropcap]olasib district of Mizoram has been declared the Oil Palm District of Mizoram by the state government. Since the announcement, the district has started taking vigorous step for augmentation of oil palm cultivation under the state’s flagship programme New Land Use Policy (NLUP) after the Mizoram government has declared the district as “Oil Palm District”, an official release today said.
The release added that construction of an oil palm factory at Bukvannei village, between Bairabi and Kolasib, has been completed for full operation, therefore, it calls for more cultivators to supply huge quantity of Oil Palm for daily extraction in the factory.
Moreover, the state government expects 80% of the beneficiaries of NLUP 3rd and 4th phases in the district to select Oil Palm cultivation as their NLUP Trade, stated the official release, which also reported that an important orientation programme was organised by the District Level Implementing Committee on NLUP yesterday.In the orientation programme held at Kolasib AMFU Hall and presided over by Nodal Officer NLUP & Addl. DC Lalfela Sailo, needful instruction on the newly introduced system of NLUP which is One Crop One Village was imparted to the participants which comprises each VC President and Secretary from all the villages in the District. They were imparted instruction on proper selection of NLUP trade, which they should in turn impart the beneficiaries in their respective village. Line Departments also spoke of their idea about selection of trade and about better ways of implementing the flagship programme.
Mention was made in the programme that as per the decision taken by Chief Minister led NLUP Implementing Board in recent time, One village One crop shall be followed in the 3rd & 4th phase of the NLUP.
Kolasib District Implementing Committee Secretary R. Lalnunzira, DAO said in the progarmme that as of now there is dire need of augmenting Oil Palm cultivation, adding that if not enough produce is made available for extraction in the Oil Palm factory, it is fearful that the agreement of Mizoram government and Godrej Company may go in vain. Besides, it is also fearful that the factory may come to a standstill for long duration, he added.
As per the official release today, Oil Palm Factory at Bukvannei has now started extraction of Oil Palm for crude oil, which later shall be sent to nearest Refinery. 26 Oil Palm collection Centres have also been set up within Kolasib District by the engaged Godrej Company.