Agriculture

Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma, CEM, CADC flagged off the WRC Land Development project funded by NEC

Kamalanagar, 24 December, 2020:    Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma, Chief Executive Member, Chakma Autonomous District Council today flagged off the WRC Land Expansion project funded by NEC under Community Development Programme in a programme organised by Agriculture Department, CADC. The programme was held at Udalthana, a village 5 km from Kamalanagar which has abundant low land interspersed by hills suitable for  conversion to WRC land.

The project will develop a total area of 115.7 Hectares at a total project cost of Rs.295.68 lakhs. 17 areas will be covered under the project. On an average each beneficiary will get 36 hours of work time. However, the estimated work time shall vary depending upon the nature of the landscape. For land with steep gradient where it would be uneconomical the estimated work time will be curtailed.

The programme was attended by Dg. H. Amaresh Chakma, Chairman, CADC, Dg. Buban Kumar Chakma, EM i/c Agriculture besides other MDCs, village council leaders and beneficiary farmers. 

The project was flagged off with the battle cry – ‘Nobody shall live under shortage of food”. 

The CEM speaking assured of more projects to bring more land under WRC citing Rs.750 crore set aside by Mizoram Government under SEDP and two other projects one amounting to Rs.19 crore and another Rs.30 crore submitted by CADC to the concerned Central Ministry. He also made mention of a fishery project amounting to Rs.2.20 Crore that is about to be sanctioned by January 2021 which shall seek to make CADC self-sufficient in fish production. 

He said, “It shall be our endeavour that no land is left fallow and everyone have opportunity for livelihood irrespective of one’s political affiliation.” 

He said that in addition to expansion of WRC land the project would encourage more people to switch from shifting/jhum cultivation to permanent/settled cultivation while stating that till today a large section of the people continue to practice jhum cultivation. He has urged for more people to adopt settled way of cultivation while adding that civilisation has been possible when mankind gave up nomadic life. 

“More than making fund available for developmental activity, ensuring its proper utilization and making the benefit reach the target group is important”, he remarked. 

He further added, “CADC have received enough fund under various central government programme during the last one decade but commensurate development has not happened because there is a problem with our attitude which must change for the better”. 

Dg. Buban Kumar Chakma, EM i/c Agriculture giving credit to the able leadership of Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma for the project said, “It shall be ensured the project is implemented properly and monitoring will be conducted from time to time for the purpose”. 

He further added, “I shall personally make time for monitoring the work.” 

Notice Inviting Tender: Development of WRC (Rice Area Expansion)

The District Agriculture Officer, Chakma Autonomous District Council, Kamalanagar on behalf of the Executive committee of Chakma Autonomous District Council invites item rate tenders in sealed covers from resourceful, experienced, registered/Eligible local contractor in the field of Agriculture from Mizoram for the mentioned works below up to 12.00 noon on 18/12/20. The tender must be accompanied non-refundable Court fee stamps worth of Rs.7.50 only in case of Non-tribal and up to date HTPC in case of Tribal Tenderer.

Training on ‘Composite Fish Culture System’ conducted

Kamalanagar, 21 December, 2019: Department of Fishery, Chakma Autonomous District Council inaugurated the 3-Day training on ‘Composite Fish Culture System’ at Kamalanagar sponsored by National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB), Hyderabad. Some 50 fish farmers attended the training programme.

Dangu Rasik Mohan Chakma, CEM, CADC, addressing the trainees

Dg. Rasik Mohan Chakma, CEM, CADC and Dg. Hiranand Tongchangya, EM i/c Fisheries graced the inaugural programme as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour.

The training will be given to some 300 selected fish farmers in six batches all over CADC and it will be conducted at Longpuighat and Borapansury besides Kamalanagar. All the trainees will be provided manual on composite fish culture. The training is an outcome of constant effort with NFDB to avail various schemes under it. The CEM speaking informed that there is another project namely “Development of Fish Farming in CADC” submitted through the state government which did not materialize due to delay in submission. He assured it will be pursued the next time.

While urging the fish farmers to take up fish farming with commercial interest the CEM asserted that we have to be fed up of living in poverty and take the profession as a challenge to make a living out of it. He informed that on enquiry from the fish suppliers from Silchar and Lunglei it has been estimated that at least business to the tune of Rs.20 lakh get transacted on fish supply to Kamalanagar per month. “This 20 lakh can be yours and this training programme is being conducted with that object”, he said to the trainees.

“To make fish farming a business we have to leave behind the primitive way and adopt the modern way of fish culture and the purpose of this training is to equip you with the modern ways”.

Fish farmers attending the training on Composite Fish Culture System

While explaining how fish farming can be a wise choice over wet rice cultivation he said fish farming is more profitable and if it fetches money rice can be bought which is in abundance.

In stressing the need to be competitive in pricing the local fish with respect to fish from Silchar he urged for commercial scale production of fish.

Dg. Hiranand Tongchangya speaking in the programme reminded that fish supplied from Silchar are medicated and not fresh and therefore less healthy and less tasty. He also said that we can give a competition to the fish supply business as our area has the potential for fish farming.

Executive Committee, CADC decides to appoint the successful candidates for BAT courses on fixed pay basis to qualify them as in-service candidates

Kamalanagar, 05 July, 2019:  The Executive Committee, Chakma Autonomous District Council in its meeting held today decided to depute the successful candidates of the examination for training in Agriculture and allied subjects notified vide notification No.A.12032/1/2009-2010/CADC(G)/Part-I dt.28/06/2019 to undergo Basic Agriculture Training (BAT) courses at ITC, Hnathial as in-service personnel.

The recourse has been necessitated due to receipt of a request letter (L/No.B.13017/4/2018-DTE(AGR-R&E)/39 dt.2/07/2019) from the Directorate of Agriculture (Research & Extension), Government of Mizoram to select in-service candidates to undergo BAT courses at ITC, Hnahthial for the Session 2019-20121.

Earlier, CADC has conducted an examination to select fresh candidates for undergoing training for Agriculture Demonstrator, Horticulture Demonstrator and Sericulture Demonstrator the result of which was published on 28th June 2019. Seven candidates were selected to avail training courses during the session 2019-2021 while 8 candidates were declared under waiting list for the session 2020-22. The Examination was conducted to select pre-service candidates in mind. However, as the matter of pre-service candidates was intimated at a very short notice by the state government it could not be pursued and on the other hand CADC could not afford to lose the opportunity due to acute shortage of technical hand at present. CADC anyhow decided to continue with the process of the examination notified to select the meritorious candidates. To qualify the successful candidates for the BAT training course under in-service category it decided to appoint them on fixed pay basis.