In an effort to support pineapple farmers in the district, Mawphrow Village marked a significant milestone today with the inauguration of it’s first-ever pineapple processing unit and stockyard.
This initiative aims to store pineapples and produce a variety of pineapple-based products through the Scheme Provision to the Article 275(1) of the Constitution of India for 2020-21, with a budget of Rs 70 lakhs granted through the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
The management of the processing unit has been entrusted to the Mawphrow Village Committee, operated by a Village Organization consisting of 10 Self-Help Groups (SHGs).
The facilities were inaugurated by Nongpoh MLA Mayral Born Syiem in presence of officials of the Agriculture and Horticulture departments and headman of Mawphrow, Anthony Maring, members of the village organization, and local pineapple farmers.
Addressing the gathering, Syiem emphasized the tremendous achievement for the village, noting that Mawphrow has experienced significant development in Ri Bhoi. He also expressed hope that this initiative would not only lead to the production of various pineapple-based products but also create employment opportunities within the village.
He stressed the importance of empowering the community to become self-reliant rather than solely relying on government jobs.