NE's first-ever Ginger Processing Plant in Meghalaya to become functional in 2021: DoNER Minister



North East’s first-ever specialised “Ginger” Processing Plant at Ri-Bhoi district in Meghalaya is being revived and, is likely to become functional at the beginning of 2021, Minister of Development of North East Region (DoNER) Dr Jitendra Singh said on Wednesday.

Dr Jitendra Singh said that the only Ginger Processing Plant of North East India was established around 2004 but has remained non-functional for many years.

The North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation (NERAMAC) has now undertaken the responsibility of reviving it and initiated steps to operationalise the closed Plant through Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) mode.

The Plant, located at the Export Promotion Industrial Park (EPIP) in Raja Bhagan under Byrnihat, will not only process ginger but also help in preparing products like waxed ginger, ginger paste, ginger powder, ginger flakes, ginger oil etc., Singh said.

The ginger products being prepared from this Plant will not only be available for domestic consumption but will also have a wider demand and, this will also be in keeping with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Vocal for Local” call.

The North-Eastern Region of India produces about 450,000 Metric Ton of high-quality ginger every year, but most of it is sold at a lower price because of lack of processing and cold storage facilities.

The Plant at Meghalaya will give the much-needed facility to the ginger growers and, they will use their capacities and optimally use the natural resources, Managing Director of NERAMAC Manoj, Kumar Das said.

(Edited by Laxmi Chyrmang)