Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Monday stressed on the need for an alternative sustainable source of livelihood needs to be created apart from coal mining in the State.
“We need to create an alternative source of livelihood and parallel industries out of the natural resources that we have that is renewable, sustainable and environment friendly,” Sangma said at a programme extending financial support to the Collective Marketing Centres (CMCs) and the processing units under Mission Lakadong at Meghalaya Agriculture and Management Extension Training Institute (MAMETI), Upper Shillong. “Until a few years back, the main source of income for the people of Jaintia Hills was through coal mining and added that an alternative sustainable source of livelihood needs to be created for the people as coal is a non-renewable resource,” the Chief Minister said. He informed that Rs 5 crores will be distributed to 16 different CMCs and two processing units out of which Rs 20 lakhs will be given as grant for infrastructure and Rs 10 lakhs as working capital support.
Stating that two curcumin extraction units of Rs 10 crores each will be established in the region at the earliest, he said, “The closest extraction unit is in Bangalore and it is an absolute necessity that we have curcumin extraction unit in the State”.
The Chief Minister further informed that Organic Certification Centre and testing laboratories to confidently export the Lakadong produce to different parts of the world will also be set up in the State soon.
He also informed that Organic Certification Centre and Testing laboratories to confidently export the Lakadong produce to different parts of the world will also be soon set up in the State. The Chief Minister also announced that in February 2022 when all the CMCs will be inaugurated the Lakadong Festival will also be held to promote and celebrate the Lakadong turmeric that is unique to the State. He also stated that Logistic Centres at Umroi and Jengjal airports are at the final stage of funding and these Logistic Centres would also help the farmers of the State to market their products.
Commissioner & Secretary, Agriculture, Dr. Vijay Kumar said that through the CMCs, the farmers will be provided facilities of infrastructure, storage facilities, machinery to process the turmeric and working capital in an integrated manner.