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New Delhi December 9, 2021: Meghalaya brand “Na Kper: Home Garden’s Harvest” bagged the Silver Innovations Award for their Lakadong Turmeric while another brand “Dalade”  made it to the top 10 for their Ginger Infused Honey.
SIAL India one of the country’s biggest B2B food expos was launched today at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The event will continue till December 11 and given the response of Day 1 is expected to draw over 20,000 visitors.
Meghalaya joins SIAL India as Partner State for the second time and showcases 17 curated brands from the State. The focus products are made from produce that is largely grown chemical free, harvested using traditional methods and then processed using ancient wisdom with a modern twist. Lakadong turmeric, ginger, sticky rice varieties, honey, indigenous fruits products continue to be in focus but brands offering unique products like ginger infused honey, wild orange pickle, turmeric chocolates, jackfruit in brine and more are what is drawing the crowds to the Meghalaya Pavilion.
SIAL India was launched today by the Chief Secretary of Meghalaya Mrs. Rebecca Suchiang along with other dignatries including Chairman APEDA, Dr. M Angamuthu, Deputy High Commissioner Embassy of Canada, Ms. A Strohan, Deputy Head of Mission at the Austrian Embassy Mr. M Radosztics and Trade Commissioner and Director of Business France for South Asia Embassy of Paris, Mr. E Fajole & Commisionner & secretary to Governemnt of Meghalaya, Dr D. Vijay Kumar.

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.