Aizawl: The Mizoram horticulture department on Monday organised a felicitation programme for bagging the ‘best horticulture state’ award. The state was conferred the award by Union home minister for agriculture and farmers’ welfare Narendra Singh Tomar at the Agriculture Leadership Conclave held in New Delhi.
The function was graced by Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga at the horticulture directorate conference hall in state capital Aizawl.
CM Zoramthanga praised the department for their hard work and gave credit to the former chief minister and horticulture minister for taking the required initiatives. He stressed on the importance of horticulture department to uplift the economy of the state. Further, the CM encouraged the department employees to meticulously work towards strengthening the bamboo development scheme of the state.
Mizoram holds the record of being the only state to successfully produce dragon fruit, a cactus like fruit imported from Thailand and Vietnam. It also exports anthurium, a decorative plant commonly known as laceleaf, to different states.
Under the ‘Doubling Farmers’ Income by 2022’ programme, off-season vegetables like cabbages and tomatoes have been successfully implemented. The department is also planning to build cold storage warehouses at various parts of the state.