The first of its kind bio-fertilizer production unit set up by a public sector was today inaugurated at a function held at the State Biological Control Laboratory in Upper Shillong.
Meghalaya Farmers’ Empowerment Commission Chairman, K N Kumar, informed that the State requires 22,000 metric tons of fertilizers per year whereas the current production in the state is a mere 150 metric tons per year.
Kumar expressed hope that in the coming years and with the involvement of private sectors (entrepreneurs), more production units can be set up to boost the production in order to meet the ever increasing demand in the state.
Agriculture Minister, Banteidor Lyngdoh who inaugurated the unit congratulated the officers and staff of the agriculture department for their efforts in making this dreams a reality for the farmers of the state. He also stated that it is a milestone for the state of Meghalaya and the department and it is also a step ahead in making Meghalaya an organic state.
Stating that as of now it is a big challenge to meet the demands of the farmers of the state, the unit is the beginning of a small step to bridge the gap between supply and demand. He also encouraged the qualified youth and entrepreneurs to avail the opportunity and work hand in hand with the government in expanding such units across the state.
Others who spoke include CVD Diengdoh, Secretary Planning Department, SC Sadhu, Secretary, Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department, R Majaw, Director of Agriculture and Dr. D Thakuria, Professor, CAU, Umiam, among others.