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Shillong, May 3, 2022: Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Tuesday attended the FOCUS programme held at Byrnihat Ground, under Umling C&RD.
Speaking to the crowd who had gathered for the programme in spite of inclement weather the Chief Minister said that the programme of Self Help Groups (SHG) is another step towards the empowerment of women and giving the women financial independence.

“We started out in 2018 and we had only 3000 SHGs and as we started working on this on a mission mode I am pleased to inform you that we have more than 35,000 SHGs today,” he said. He also informed that more than Rs. 200 crores through different funding patterns have been given to different SHGs.
Cheques amounting to Rs 49.90 lakhs was also distributed to 16 Village Organizations during the programme.

Earlier, the Chief Minister also inaugurated the improved blacktopped internal road at Lum Nongthymmai, Byrnihat. The 800 meter internal road which starts from 8th Km Byrnihat on the Shillong-Guwahati NH-06 to Lum Nongthymmai village plays a very important role as it serves the backbone for transportation and communication in the area and is also the road leading to the PHC and Dorbar Hall of the village. Improvement including the Metalling and Blacktopping of the previously kutcha road was sanctioned in March 2020 and is completed within schedule in April 2022 at a total cost of Rs 1 crore.

“I am happy to inform that the Byrnihat PHC will be upgraded to CHC that will cater to the requirement of growing population of the area,” announced the Chief Minister during the inauguration.

The Chief Minister also laid the Foundation Stone for Multi Facility Centre at a programme held at Moonlight School, Byrnihat. As part of the Grants-in-aid under Article 275(1) of the Constitution of India, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India, sanctioned Rs. 60 lakhs for the district as an addition to state initiatives and efforts for Tribal Development.

This fund sanctioned in 2017-18 was recently approved for shifting the Multi Facility Centre from Korhadem village to Byrnihat, Umling C&RD by the Directorate of Community & Rural Development, Government of Meghalaya in February 2022. The MFC will provide the community with space for a variety of activities and services and would include features such as training and scaling of skill development programs and other activities that would benefit the entire community.

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.