Wet rice cultivation areas drought-hit in Mizoram
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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.

Bureau Report

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

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