Meghalaya chief minister lays the foundation stone for AGHMCS

The aim of the All-Garo Hills Multipurpose Cooperative Society is to promote and ensure a systematized, sustainable future for the farmers of the Garo Hills.

Meghalaya chief minister, Conrad Sangma laid the foundation stone for the All-Garo Hills Multipurpose Cooperative Society (AGHMCS), at Babadam, West Garo Hills, on December 20.

The apex level cooperative is aimed at mobilising all primary cooperative societies in the district for a systematised, sustainable future for the farmers of Garo Hills.

Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said, “The cooperative movement is one such initiative that aims to leverage income generation in the society. These initiatives will be implemented through piggery, dairy and poultry.”

The project is estimated to cost Rs 4.44 crore of which the state government has sanctioned Rs 3.30 crore to the AGHMCS with the remaining fund, amounting to Rs 1.14 crore going towards the Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI) cluster, and includes the construction of a multipurpose building, catering to training and livelihood programmes, including a processing and packaging unit.

The chief minister emphasized that the multipurpose cooperative society will promote livelihood, ensure training, handholding and marketing linkage, and facilitate in processing various agriculture-horticulture products to support farmers.

Sangma also stated that a premier paramedical institute amounting to Rs 280 crore for Northeast will be setup at Babadam, which is at a final stage of consideration by the Centre.

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