The 3rd Farmers’ Parliament 2023 took a Pledge to Boost Agricultural Growth in Meghalaya

Shillong, November 6: The 3rd Farmers’ Parliament 2023 reached its successful conclusion at the State Convention Centre, Shillong, bringing together farmers from across the state in a collaborative effort to address crucial issues related to agriculture.

The event featured enlightening sessions on organic farming, various state missions, and insights from the Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary, Government of Meghalaya

Distinguished dignitaries, including Deputy Chief Minister PrestoneTynsong, Advisor to the Government of Meghalaya, Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Banteidor Lyngdoh, Co-Chairman of the State Planning Board John Kharshiing, K.N. Kumar,Chairman of Meghalaya Farmers’ (Empowerment) Commission, and Smt. Isawanda Laloo, IAS, Secretary, Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, graced the event with their esteemed presence.

In his address, Deputy Chief Minister PrestoneTynsong emphasized the pivotal role of farmers as the backbone of the state’s economy and the global community. Hon’ble Minister announced a substantial increase in the budget provision for the agricultural sector, stating, “For the year 2023-24, the budget allocation for the agricultural sector has been raised from Rs 900 crores to Rs 1194 crore.

Looking ahead to the next financial year, we aspire to further augment this allocation, potentially by 15 percent to 20 percent. This strategic investment aims to fortify and uplift the agricultural sector. The resolution submitted by Bah Commander Shangpliang, the leader of the organization, has been received and will be earnestly considered by the government.”

Different presentations highlighted the department’s targets and showcased their achievements. Emphasis was placed on the significance of adopting enhanced cattle rearing methods in Meghalaya. Subsequently, the Department of Agriculture presented diverse mission modes, including Apiculture Mission, Lakadong Mission, Ginger Mission, Organic Mission, and more.

There was a question-and-answer session between the farmers and the officers of the department wherein the farmers asked a range of questions relating to weight of the agricultural commodities, the role of marketing board, the compensation arising from natural disasters, solution to tackle citrus decline among others.

The event, which was inaugurated by Chief Minister,Shri Conrad Sangma on 4th December 2023 also marked the inauguration of the Regeneration Meghalaya programme that aims to support farmers to restore 22,670 hectares supporting biodiversity and soil conservation.

The Farmers’ Parliament also witnessed a comprehensive discussion on a resolution presented by Commander Shangpliang, President of the Hill Farmers’ Union, which was submitted to Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister PrestoneTynsong earlier in the program.

The resolution, a culmination of collective efforts and insights from the farming community, reflects the pressing concerns and aspirations of Meghalaya’s farmers. The government has committed to a thorough examination of the resolution, underscoring its dedication to addressing the challenges faced by the agricultural sector.

The 3rd Farmers’ Parliament serves as a testament to the government’s commitment to fostering dialogue, collaboration, and positive change within the agricultural landscape of Meghalaya. As the event concludes, the seeds of progress have been sown, and the farmers of Meghalaya eagerly anticipate a future marked by prosperity and sustainable growth.

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