CM launches Mission Organic programme in SWGH

AMPATI: Chief Minister Mukul Sangma officially launched the Mission Organic in South West Garo Hills District during the day-long conclave on Clean & Green Mission under IBDLP at Betasing Block on Friday under the theme, “Promising an organic revolution for transformation of Meghalaya.”The conclave is a convergence programme of the Horticulture, Agriculture and C&RD departments in collaboration with FDS Mission Organic to create awareness among the farmers of the region on organic farming through deliberations and interaction.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, the Chief Minister dwelt at length on the number of problems that occur as a result of poor planning by certain departments, destruction of catchment areas, unscientific farming and excessive use of chemical fertilizers and said that it was to offset these issues that the government had started the Clean and Green Mission.”However, the effort will go in vain even if the government spends crores of rupees without community engagement,” Sangma said calling for synchronized activities of all the line departments along with aggressive engagement of the community.

He also said that the Mission Organic programme will be driven to every village in the district where land is available and announced that the first 100 villages in all the districts to become fully organic would be awarded with special schemes. Informing the gathering that a project Rs.4500 crore has been sanctioned to take care of the State’s water woes, he said that the original idea of IBDLP was to create water bodies in the State. He also asked the Horticulture department to prepare a programme for bamboo plantation, which can create sustainable livelihood and also lead to sustainable ecology.