Going organic: Meghalaya govt identifies 400 sqkm for Certification Programme

Going organic: Meghalaya govt identifies 400 sqkm for Certification Programme

SHILLONG: Over 400 square kilometres area have been identified in Meghalaya for the government's ambitious organic certification program in which the first conversion program has almost completed, Governor V Shanmuganathan said on Friday.

The Governor was addressing at the first day of the Budget session when he informed the House that the government had identified an area of over 40,000 hectares area to develop it into an organic food production area.

Apart from this, the Governor also said that a pilot project of 150 hectare area was also brought under organic tea plantation and products from the organic tea factory at Umsning have been marketed under Meg Tea.

The other development stories, according to the Governor include the job provision of 89 lakh mandays of rural employment generated under the MGNREGA while 869 new houses were constructed under IAY.

Under PMGSY, Rs 1078 crore was sanctioned with a target to cover 1747 road length connecting 483 villages, of which 687 km was completed.

Over 33,600 infirms and 21,095 widows were given financial assistance besides 8, 477 disabled persons have also benefitted from the Social Assistance Scheme of the Chief Minister during the past one year, he said.

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