NLUP festival mizoram
AIZAWL, Feb 27: The Mizoram government is gearing up to hold a four-day festival on its flagship project New Land Use Policy (NLUP) during which over 100 stalls will be put up by the beneficiaries and local producers to exhibit their produce. The festival will begin from March 6 in Aizawl and will conclude on March 9. Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla will inaugurate the festival at the Vanapa Hall here. 

According to officials of NLUP Implementing Board, the festival aims at providing an opportunity to the beneficiaries to showcase their products. “Providing sustainable development to the local farmers and beneficiaries being the main object of the NLUP, the flagship programme has been greatly benefited by the farmers whose harvest has been shot up to a great extent,” they said. During the festival, various products of successful beneficiaries like rice, ghur, fruits, vegetables, silk, dairy products and local-made machines will be showcased which will be sold at lower-rates. Besides, 10 NLUP line departments will also display their various activities. 

Officials also said that free veterinary camp will also be organised during the four-day festival. There will also be photo exhibition and film documentaries highlighting success stories of NLUP beneficiaries. NLUP project was officially launched in 2011. According to officials, as many as 1.3 lakh families have so far been assisted under the flagship programme and steps have been initiated to cover 16,000 more families across the state. The main aim of the NLUP is to develop and give all farmers in the state suitable, permanent and stable trades. 

The policy also aims at giving all the village farmers selfsufficiency in rice, vegetables etc. Among others, the aims and objectives of the NLUP also include putting an end to wasteful shifting cultivation, development of all suitable land for Wet Rice Cultivation to attain self sufficiency in rice and vegetables and setting up of a marketing infrastructure so that the successful farmers and beneficiaries under NLUP can have a viable commercial outlet for their products.

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