Mizoram’s Dragon Fruit Revolution: Chief Minister Lalduhoma Unveils Rs 31.34 Crore Boost

Mizoram’s Dragon Fruit Revolution: Chief Minister Lalduhoma Unveils Rs 31.34 Crore Boost

Mizoram’s Chief Minister, Lalduhoma, recently unveiled a substantial financial injection of Rs 31.34 crore to bolster the development of Dragon Fruit farming in the region. This significant allocation is earmarked for the construction of a pivotal link road, connecting the Dragon Fruit plantations nestled in Lamlian Dung Zau, Thenzawl. Addressing the attentive audience at the third general assembly of the Thenzawl Dragon Fruits Growers & Marketing Society, convened at Gaby’s Farm, Lalduhoma underscored the symbiotic relationship between governmental support and the industrious efforts of local farmers in nurturing these plantations. He duly noted the burgeoning production of dragon fruits and recognized the indispensable requirement for well-connected infrastructure, hence the allocation of Rs. 31.84 crore for this purpose. Lalduhoma assured the stakeholders that although the budget might not stretch to accommodate a metallic road, meticulous attention will be given to creating robust, well-graded roads facilitating seamless transportation of produce. The Chief Minister commended the mutually beneficial memorandum of understanding between Local Soda Pvt. Ltd. and the farmers, a pact ensuring the procurement of the farmers’ produce by the company. In a positive development since 2021, around 50 local farmers have embarked on dragon fruit cultivation, collectively spanning an impressive 82.79 hectares in Lamlian Dung Zau. The government’s initiatives, including the establishment of 129 units equipped with drip irrigation systems under schemes like MIDH and FOCUS, have been instrumental in this endeavor. Plans are afoot to augment this initiative with an additional 150 units, each accommodating up to 30,000 plants, as part of the government’s concerted efforts to promote sustainable farming practices. With each unit potentially yielding approximately 30 kg of dragon fruit, at the prevailing market rate of Rs. 300 per kg, the economic prospects for farmers appear promising. Furthermore, in a bid to galvanize the cultivation of these newfound dragon fruit varieties, Local Soda Pvt. Ltd. has forged an agreement to facilitate direct sales at the farm gate, offering an attractive rate of Rs. 150 per kg to the farmers, starting this year. This strategic collaboration endeavors to ensure equitable remuneration for the farmers while catalyzing the expansion of dragon fruit cultivation across the region. Related Post : Secret Benefits of Yellow Dragon Fruit

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