Horticulture Minister Pu Liansailova today inaugurated a national level workhop on 'Sustainable Development through Medicinal Plants Cultivation in Mizoram' organised jointly by Department of Horticulture, Mizoram State Medicinal Board and Department of Economics, Mizoram University at the I&PR Auditorium.
Speaking at the programme, the Minister said that despite agriculture being the major source of livelihood, the economic condition of agriculturists is declining in Mizoram and hence there is an urgent need to adopt alternate sustainable cultivation to replace the destructive jhum cultivation. He said that the forest of Mizoram which is enriched with medicinal and aromatic plants has the potential to be a viable and sustainable source of income for the people. The Minister expressed his hope that the workshop will be an important tool to address the economical and environmental needs of Mizoram.

The inaugural function was presided over by Dr N. Pallai, Director Health Services while the afternoon technical session was chaired by Dr E. Saipari, Jt. Director, Horticulture Department. Officials from Horticulture Department, State Medicinal Plants Board, Department of Economics, Mizoram University and experts from Anubhav Biotechnology Kolkatta were present at this programme.