The farming community of Mizoram achieved a significant milestone with the export of 7.5 tonnes of Bird’s Eye Chili (Mizo Hmarchate) to Nevada, US.
The shipment was flagged off on March 14 by the Mizoram agriculture minister Pu C Lalrinsanga, and is expected to reach its destination after being transported from Mizoram to Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, and then to the United States.
The Bird’s Eye Chili was harvested by farmers from Lunglei, Siaha, and Lawngtlai districts in southern Mizoram. The export is part of an initiative under the Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North Eastern Region (MOVCD-NER) programme.
The programme is being implemented by the International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture (ICCOA) and Mission Organic Mizoram (MOM), Department of Agriculture, with the aim of promoting organic farming in the region and increasing the income of farmers.
Speaking at the launch event, agriculture minister Pu C Lalrinsanga congratulated the farmers and emphasized the importance of organic farming in promoting sustainable agriculture and improving the livelihoods of farmers. He also thanked the ICCOA and MOM for their efforts in supporting organic farming in the state.
Mizoram aṭanga USA thawn chhuah hmasak ber Mizo hmarcha (Bird Eye Chilli) chu vawiin khan Agriculture Minister Pu C. Lalrinsanga'n Haulawngah a vai liam.
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He commented that the success of the project highlights the potential of cooperative farming in Mizoram. He encouraged department officials and farmers alike to continue to focus on organic agriculture so that more and more products of Mizoram can be exported abroad at higher rates.
The export of Bird’s Eye Chili from Mizoram is a significant achievement and is expected to boost the economy of the state, as well as promote organic farming practices in the region.
Manoj Menon, executive director, ICCOA informed the audience that the US-bound consignment had undergone stringent quality tests, both in India and the US, and has been cleared under the organic standards protocol, and thus commands a high rate in the international market. He added that efforts are currently underway in Mizoram to produce ginger and turmeric for export.