In Mizoram, Khawlailung village has earned a name for robust sugarcane cultivation. 80-year old sugarcane farming practice by the villagers has resulted in the production of tasty jaggery too.
In 2015, former Lok Sabha MP CL Ruala had taken initiatives to make Khawlailung a model village. Also in 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ Program lauded the efforts of the village community in making it a model village.
Khawlailung village with a population of only 520 families in Serchhip district has set an instance of success in sugarcane cultivation.
After PM Modi in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ Program in 2015 took the name of this successful village, a positive impact has swayed the village.
The community and all farmers got inspired by PM Modi’s words of appreciation that they have been tirelessly working towards making it a model village. The government is also helping farmers in different ways, that ensured increased production every year.
The agriculture department has provided machineries at a subsidised rate for juicing sugarcane to 22 families. The farmers are now producing and marketing tasty jaggery too.
Talking to AIR, Village Council President, VCP Thangbawiha said:
Tranion- Since becoming a model village, we have constructed a market shed. It has generated income for the village council. The village has become an exam centre for High School Leaving Certificate.
Mizoram Rural bank has set up its branch here. Also, more than 30 Self Help groups are being set up, and a computer learning centre has been set up by NIELIT which imparts free training.)
Local people said they are now keenly desiring for Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research to help set up a sugarcane processing unit. Last 2 years, the villagers organized Kurtai or Jaggery Festival, the first of its kind in Mizoram, to celebrate the bumper harvest of sugarcane.