Meghalaya: Two-day entrepreneurship workshop held in Tura



West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner Ram Singh, on Monday, inaugurated a two-day entrepreneurship workshop on agriculture and value chain.

The programme centred on the theme “Don’t Wait for Opportunity, Create it,” and was organised by Tura Government College Students’ Union, in collaboration with Meghalaya Basin Management Agency (MBMA) and Prime-Hub, Tura, and was supported by the District Administration of West Garo Hills, Tura.

While addressing the gathering, Singh advised the students and others to follow COVID-19 protocols as laid down by the government while attending such programmes, including in all public places.

He stated that the hard work, slogging and running around required by entrepreneurs in the earlier days for few sectors are no longer necessary since people can earn well, provided they have access to better network connectivity.

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He also informed that there are several online platforms available and people are ordering many things online.

“Over 6,000 parcels are being delivered to Tura every single day, and people are not physically purchasing from the market, which only shows the power of the online market,” he said.

Speaking about the agriculture sector, Singh said that there are hundreds of opportunities as people nowadays look for organic, traditional and local products.

The rural area and its products as pure and have a higher value in the market, and people are ready to spend money on these products, he said.

He also stated that opportunities are endless and urged entrepreneurs to create opportunities and to start their entrepreneurship careers.

He said the government would provide financial help through various departments.

Meanwhile, the manager of Prime-Hub, Tura, Pravin Yadav, said that Meghalaya PRIME Startup Hub is part of the Chief Minister’s E-Champion Challenge.

“They started it to create sustainable business enterprises and to foster socio-economic development, including employment generation. Since lockdown, I have seen many startups on online platforms like online food delivery, which is an excellent opportunity for people to expand their businesses,” he said.

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“Prime is an incubation centre, a business hub which would guide entrepreneurs on how to start a business, make a business plan, create a marketing strategy and provide funding for those willing to start a new business,” he said.

The second day of the workshop will conclude with a field trip to the A’chik Food Products Unit, Rongbilbanggre.

Others who spoke during the workshop included the principal of Tura Governmental College, Terence D Marak, the principal of Don Bosco College, Reverend Fr. Bivan Rodrigues Mukhim, TGCSU president Salrakh Sangma and TGCSU secretary Brithuel Sangma.

(Edited by Ladiangti Rani)