Aizawl: Amid scarcity in vegetable supply due to the 21-day lockdown, the Mizoram government is making massive efforts to ensure that urban areas do not face any crisis in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.
State horticulture department director Elizabeth Saipari told reporters on Tuesday that the government has launched a vegetable supply chain under the initiative of chief minister Zoramthanga to ensure sufficient supply to city-dwellers from rural areas.
She said that more than 40 trucks fully loaded with vegetables arrived in Aizawl on Tuesday morning to last for two or three weeks. Four days before this, about 18 trucks carrying vegetables had also been brought to Aizawl from Serchhip, she said.
She said that vegetables were transported from several villages across the state. “The government is making massive efforts to ensure that residents of Aizawl do not face shortage,” she said, adding that Mizoram has sufficient vegetables of local produce to last till the lockdown is over.
According to the director, the horticulture department has been tasked with identifying availability of vegetables and facilitation of supply from rural villages.
She said that Mizoram State Cooperative Marketing and Consumers’ Federation Ltd (MIZOFED), a public sector undertaking, is looking after purchase and sale and henceforth distributed to to local level task force systematically.
She claimed that the process has immensely benefited local farmers, as they have opportunity to directly sell their produces.
Saipari said that massive efforts are being made to install a 100-metri-ton cold storage at Sairang near Aizawl. She said that cold chain system has been put up in at least four places across the state.
Meanwhile, ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) legislator and horticulture development board vice chairman Prof Lalnunmawia rubbished the allegations that vegetables are sold at exorbitant rates.
He said that the allegation was baseless as the government follows “no gain no loss” system to sell vegetables to consumers at cheaper rates.