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Shillong, December 15, 2021: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma on Wednesday said that the State Government is committed to create a turnaround in the socio-economic condition of the rural population with an inclusive programme that promotes Self Help Group Movement (SHGs) and Farmers Collectives across the State.

Attending an SHG mela along with Agriculture Minister Bantiedor Lyngdoh at Rapleng village under Mawkynrew block in East Khasi Hills, Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma said, “Our Government understands the importance of SHGs and how it can provide direct benefit to our women organisations. Through the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM), we have been able to provide financial aid and support to thousands of SHGs in the last three years.”

He said that the entire NRLM team in the State have been working tirelessly with a sense of purpose to serve the people. “Today our SHGs are empowered and they are financially stable to expand their income generating activities. We are supporting the groups through different welfare programmes under the mandate of NRLM.”

During the SHG Mela, the Chief Minister and Agriculture Minister handed over appreciation certificates and cash reward to villages, for their innovative and successful enterprises, which has brought laurel to the villages under Mawkynrew block.

The dignitaries also handed over financial support to 70 Farmers Producers’ Group, formed under State Government’s flagship programme – FOCUS (Farmers Collectivisation for Upscaling and Marketing System)

“Majority of our population are farmers in the State. Hence, as Government we deemed it fit that a special programme be launched for the farmers welfare. Through FOCUS we have been able to touch the lives of many rural farmers and aid them financially to upscale their enterprises,” he added.

He took the opportunity to inform the gathering that the Government has accorded priority to upscale infrastructure development in the State and in the last three years, huge investment has been made to boost road communication across the State.

“I am not saying that we have resolved every single issue or we have repaired every road in the State but this Government is determined to ensure that the momentum of development  continues and benefits a large section of the society and the region as a whole,” he added.

During the SHG mela, the Chief Minister announced that all the 46 C&RD blocks in the State will get a facelift and new infrastructure will be put in place to ensure that the rural blocks function in a more effective manner.  “We have sanctioned Rs. 3 cr each for every block office in the State, and the construction to upgrade the blocks will start next year,” he added.

He also informed that the Government has made investment to upscale infrastructure in elementary schools as well as have made investment to ramp up health facilities in the State.

“This government has sanctioned 100 cr for renovation of police infrastructures across the State and 350 cr for upscaling health infrastructure in the State. Most of the renovation works have started and some more will start soon,” he added.

Under Meghalaya’s biggest farmers’ welfare program- FOCUS, the Chief Minister distributed cheques amounting to ₹48.55 Lakhs to 70 Farmer Producer Groups impacting 971 households. Community Investment Funds (CIF) amounting to ₹22.80 Lakhs sanctioned to 8 Village Organizations benefitting 42 SHGs & covering 420 Households and ₹27 Lakhs sanctioned as Bank Loan to 19 SHGs.

He also launched the Market Outlet at Laitdiengsai under Mawkynrew C&RD Block, a project implemented in convergence with MGNREGS, NRLM & MBMA. The outlet will showcase the traditional indigenous products of the SHGs.

Initiatives : Agriculture

Launch of “Restart Meghalaya Mission’ on 15th August 2020

The Mission comprise of a series of interventions to support farmers and entrepreneurs by enabling them to build growth-promoting basic infrastructure and services. Under this Mission, 1917iTEAMS – the IT Platform aimed at enabling farmers access to agricultural information, crop advisories and markets will be expanded logistically through induction of another 100 vehicles.

Creation of the Directorate of Food Processing on May 2018

With the objective of seizing opportunities in the sector and the untapped food processing potential of the state for uplifting the livelihoods of farmers and value chain actors, the Government of Meghalaya created the Directorate of Food Processing (DFP) as a one-stop agency to handle all matters relating to food processing in the state and to deal with all central government Ministries and Agencies (viz. Ministries of Agriculture, and Food Processing, SFAC, NCDC, NABARD, etc.) in all matters pertaining to the development of agricultural food processing sector.

First Ever Farmer’s Parliament held on 4th - 5th December 2018

The parliament was organised by the state department of agriculture in collaboration with Meghalaya Basin Development Authority (MBDA) and the Hill Farmers' Union (HFU). As a step toward the promotion of new technologies, HFU with the support of Meghalaya government, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a Machine Learning Artificial Intelligence App for farmers — called Nongrep (nongrep in Khasi language means farmer) with its software partner Impetus Solutions from Hyderabad — as a social innovation project. This app will address matters of farm aggregations, soil health and disease identification, crop yield, farm produce pickups, market linkage and retail sellers app.

Launch of the Farmer’s Portal on 7th May 2018

The Meghalaya Famers’ Portal (www.megfarmers.gov.in) of the Department of Agriculture is a platform for farmers to seek any information related to agriculture. Detailed information on farmers’ insurance, agricultural storage, crops, extension activities, seeds, pesticides, farm machineries, etc. is provided. Details of fertilizers, market prices, package and practices, programmes, welfare schemes are also given.

Awards & Recognitions
  • Meghalaya has been selected for the Commendation award in 'Total foodgrains Category-III' for 2017-18. The award consists of a citation and an amount of Rs. 1 crore.
  • Meghalaya Agriculture Department and the MIE Meghalaya Team won the '7th eNabling North East (eNorth East) Award 2019-20' in the 'Agriculture & Rural Development' category for 1917 iTEAMS project which is a project in collaboration with Digital India.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi awarded Meghalaya on May 2018 the Krishi Commendation Award for the year 2015-16, in recognition of the commendable foodgrains production achieved by the State.
  • Meghalaya has been adjudged the Most Improved Small State in the category of Agriculture and received the India Today – "The State of the States” Award on 23rd November 2018.