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Shilong, April 4, 2022: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma on Monday laid foundation for two prestigious development initiative in Tura, the district headquarters of West Garo Hills – Skill Park and Youth Centre and Track and Field Stadium.

The Skill Park and Youth Centre is being built at an estimated cost of Rs. 24 cr, while Track and Field Stadium at a cost of Rs. 16 cr. Both the infrastructure is dedicated for activities related to sports, entrepreneurship, development of youth in the fields of sports, athletics, art and culture.

Laying the foundation for the projects, the Chief Minister said that Government of Meghalaya has accorded thrust to build iconic structures in the State and Tura being an important town of Garo Hills, various infrastructure projects are being implemented in right earnest – town beautification project, smart town project, internal roads within Tura town, PA Sangma Integrated Sports complex, amongst others.

He remined that the roads within Tura town have remained without any repairs or renovation for years. But the government has taken the responsibility to ensure that Tura gets necessary repairs and renovation for the overall benefit of the citizen. He added that all the projects are aimed to ensure that the town becomes modern with amenities and facilities.

Stating that Tura remained neglected for years, he said that Government through implementation of various projects has envisaged to facelift the town. “Government is the last two years have faced challenges due to Covid-19 pandemic, but it never dithered our spirit. As a Government through synergistic effort we have ensured development and welfare activities were implemented,” he added.

He informed the gathering that the P.A. Sangma Integrated Sports Complex will have a modern football ground, which is expected to be one of the best football stadiums in the Northeast. He said that the project amounting to Rs. 128 cr on completion will also be ready to host national events like the Indian Super League (ISL) matches.

“We have conceptualised a modern design and technology to come up with the construction of the football ground that will soon become the pride of Meghalaya,” he added, while informing that by June-July next, the ground will be ready.

During the programme, he also handed over M-Tab, digital learning tablets to the students of different schools from Tura and also handed over cheques amounting to Rs. 28 lakh for 50 Producers Groups under FOCUS programme of the Government.

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.