Wet rice cultivation areas drought-hit in Mizoram

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 18:51

Aizawl: At least 40 per cent of the wet
rice cultivation areas in Mizoram have been affected by the
long spell of drought this year and 1,990 families failed to
till their lands due to late advent of monsoon, Minister for
Agriculture H Liansailova told the assembly on Tuesday.

Replying to a question from Lalthansanga of the
opposition Mizoram People`s Conference (MPC), Liansailova said
the drought hit all the eight districts while 696 families
could not till their lands in the worst hit Champai district
on Mizoram-Myanmar border.

Proposals have been submitted to the Centre to mitigate
the loss of the affected farmers, he said.

"Earlier, we predicted that more than 59 per cent of our
target harvest would be lost, but due to better rainfall
during the later part of July, the damage was estimated to
only 40 per cent and the state government decided not to
declare Mizoram as drought-hit," he said.

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First Published: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 18:51

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