Mizoram on the economic road to self-sufficiency

AIZAWL | April 11 : Of late Mizoram is gradually manufacturing commodities by its own and these commodities are gradually replacing goods coming from outside Mizoram. Of the many commodities the locally brewed grape wine called Zawlaidi and Zo Aqua, the Mizoram manufactured mineral water can be cited as the most popular items in Mizoram currently. Zawlaidi, the locally produced grape wine from southern part of Mizoram had first hit the markets on October 11 last year.
Zo Aqua, the mineral water manufactured by Mizoram-based MZ Agencies has hit the market on last Friday. The launching programme of Zo Aqua was launched on Friday last by Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla at Sihmui, some 20 km from the state capital Aizawl with huge applause from the gathering.
During the launching programme of Zo Aqua, Lal Thanhawla lauded MZ Agencies for manufacturing bottled drinking from Mizoram. “Due to lack of ambition and potential among the Mizos, Mizoram is just like a market place for products from outside the state resulting the loss of crores of rupees," said Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla. He also said that Mizos can also excel like any other people if they really work hard.  "The Mizos, which boast of cent per cent Christianity love easy money but as there is no zeal in us to work for development, which is against the teaching of the Bible", said Lal Thanhawla.
Proprietor of MZ Agencies officials said that the company has been working hard to manufacture Zo Aqua since 2009 but due to requirement of procuring certain approval, the work could not be carried out as planned. The MZ Agencies expressed its hope that this will greatly help the state in general and the people of Mizoram  in particular.