The only sustainable livelihood venture across the globe was organic farming, right from cattle rearing to cultivation, according to Dr. Mukul Sangma, Chief Minister, Meghalaya. He emphasized on the sustainability of farming at an event held at the Laskein Village in the West Jaintia Hills.
Dr. Sangma stated that in case someone feeds his/her cow fertilized straw, the milk obtained will be chemically fertilized and will harm people. At the same time, growing vegetables with artificial chemicals will lead to consumption of harmful elements. This function was the biggest ever organized in the entire block pertaining to projects under the C&RD, MBDA, MGNREGA and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department’s convergence approach. This event was also attended by Robinus Syngkon, Parliamentary Secretary, Comingone Ymbon, the C&RD Minister and the JHADC CEM, Awhoi Andrew Shullai. This event was part of the Bottom 20 programme launched by the Meghalaya State Livestock Mission in June, 2017.
1872 beneficiaries have already been recorded within 3 months in the Laskein Block with an aim of touching 50,000 households in 2017 itself. This was stated by the C&RD Commissioner and Secretary, P Sampath Kumar. The project, worth Rs.200 crore, will benefit several deprived farmers in the state according to him. The local MLA also urged the locals to ensure suitable implementation of these welfare schemes. He talked of how proud he was of the local people who were happier than many who are depending on mining in spite of not possessing any limestone or coal in the region.
Dr. Sangma also emphasized on the need to promote tourism and farming in Meghalaya. He added that he is himself a farmer and he also added that his second daughter had already been convinced to be a farmer. He stated that another daughter and son would be urged to pursue farming once they completed their studies and returned. He also stated that he has tried to convince many MLAs, ministers and officers to commence farming.
Dr. Sangma stated that once he was elected in 2010 as the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, the state mining policy was fleshed out by the Government. However, it could not be implemented fully in spite of getting approval in 2012 and in the absence of the right regulations, the NGT imposed this coal mining ban in the year 2014. This would not have happened in case the mining policy would have been executed by the state. Several farmers also received certificates and cheques of Rs.5,000 as seed money. Some of the awardees like Bikdroo Latam, Kelvin Suting and Asuk Suting were also felicitated at the event.