Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Tuesday launched a program to make Meghalaya one of the biggest ginger producers in the country.
The state government will spend Rs 121 crore on the initiative over the next three years, he said.
“Ginger Mission” aims to increase ginger production in the state to 1.5 lakh mt per year in the next three years from about 60,000 mt per year currently, he said.
“Rs 121 crore has been earmarked for the mission for a period of three years. At the end of the mission, the government is confident that Meghalaya would become the third largest ginger producer in the country,” the chief minister said, launching initiative at a reception in Shillong.
Glad to distribute a high yielding variety of ginger to our farmers today under the launch program of the #MissionGinger. With the introduction of the improved variety, we are positive to increase the production of ginger in our state, thereby doubling the income of the farmers@nstomar pic.twitter.com/eg1vhOD3EQ
— Conrad Sangma (@SangmaConrad) April 26, 2022
The government would spend Rs 18 crore in the first year to purchase 2,200 tons of quality plants, which will be distributed free of charge to around 9,000 farmers in 400 villages, he said.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare will gradually introduce improved and high-yielding varieties of ginger, he said.
About 50,000 farmers will benefit and the production area will increase from 10,000 ha to 12,500 ha, he added.
Training will be provided to farmers on the latest production technologies, collectivization and aggregation, ginger processing and market linkages, Sangma said.
In the past, several programs for the welfare of farmers have been launched but the goal of increasing their income has not been achieved, he said.
“Through ‘Ginger Mission’ and other flagship programs for farmers, the government has designed a dedicated roadmap to ensure farmers’ incomes are doubled,” he said.
The government will create logistics centers and storage facilities, in addition to connecting farmers to larger markets and buyers, Sangma said.
The local variety of ginger ‘Sying Makhir’, which has high medicinal values, will also be promoted through this program, he said.
Thirty new ginger processing units will be set up across the state at an estimated cost of Rs 7.5 crore under the scheme, the Chief Minister has said.
At the reception, he handed over the improved varieties of ginger samples to the farmers.
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