A two-day Workshop on 'Sustainable Agriculture Revolution in Mizoram' was launched yesterday by H. Liansailova Agriculture Minister at the Art & Culture Auditorium, Berawtlang. The Workshop was jointly organized by Agriculture, AH & Vety, Fisheries, Horticulture, Minor Irrigation, Soil & Water Conservation Departments and All Mizoram Farmers' Union (AMFU). The Inauguration Programme was presided over by Vanengmawia, IAS, Agriculture Secretary and also attended by K.S. Thanga, Parliamentary Secretary as the Guest of Honour, Lalrinawma, Chairman, Law Commission, R. Lalduhawma, President, AMFU, 217 farmers from across the state and various government officials.
In his inaugural speech, H. Liansailova hoped that the Workshop which is jointly organized by Agriculture and other related departments and AMFU would be beneficial for farmers in Mizoram and even for the success of the government's Flagship programme NLUP. He stated that the government is planning to make NLUP an exemplary scheme not only in Mizoram but also across the entire country. He added that our mindsets needed to change and work harder to achieve self-sufficiency in food crops. The Agriculture Minister mentioned that an awakening in agriculture and a change in our employment course are essential to improve our economy. He also said "Dexterity, dedication and hard work are required to reform our state. God had given us our land and soils and it is our part to utilize these to the fullest. Mizoram was self-sufficient before 1965, and all have a contented life; but now we were backsliding because we did not try enough. A revolution in our farming and thoughts is needed and that is the aim of this Workshop". Before the Inauguration of the Workshop, the Chief Guest H. Liansailova Agriculture Minister also inaugurated an Exhibition of various achievements of the different departments.

The Guest of Honour K.S. Thanga, Parliamentary Secretary also said that Agriculture & Allied Sectors (Agri-based) will always be an integral part of the Mizoram government's policy, and that NLUP is an essential path for success in Agriculture & Allied Sectors. He continued by saying that within 1 and a half year, the government had distributed more tractors and power tillers than had been distributed in the previous 30 years. He added that the government plans to continue with the distribution of grants and equipments to the farmers.

The Programme continued in the afternoon with the explanations using Powerpoint Presentation by experts, followed by a Question & Answer period through Live Phone. The whole programme was live telecast by DDK, Aizawl and will continue on September ni 2, 2010.