Mautam rats damage crops in Mizoram

Aizawl, July 31: Armies of rats have ravaged maize and other crops in Mizoram, agricultural officials said on wednesday. Aizawl district alone accounted for more than 20 percent of maize harvest loss after rats damaged crops, State Agriculture Department officials said after maize harvest at Phullen and surrounding villages in eastern part of Aizawl district. In south Mizoram's Lawngtlai district, rats not only destroyed maize but also nibbled standing paddy stems, District Agriculture Officer Rohmingthanga Colney said.