Shillong: Meghalaya agriculture minister Banteidor Lyngdoh on Thursday made a ground inspection of the makeshift farmers’ market at Anjali parking lot in capital Shillong.
Lyngdoh’s visit came amid challenges faced by farmers during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown in East Khasi Hills district. Many farmers had to throw away perishable goods or sell their produce at throwaway prices for want of buyers.
During the visit, Lyngdoh said that his aim was to assess the situation and to know the difficulty of the farmers. “I wanted to know what relaxations can be made especially for the farmers. I also wanted to apprise the Cabinet in a crucial meeting tomorrow about the difficulties faced by the farmers,” said Lyngdoh.
During the minister’s visit, several farmers welcomed him with their produce like fruits and vegetables.
Some farmers were seen updating the minister about their problems. They requested the minister to extend the timings of conducting their business, since the deadline is 3 pm at the moment.
“I will discuss about the extension of the timings in the Cabinet meeting tomorrow, since many of the farmers have requested for the same. I’m sure that once the timing is extended, it will help the farmers,” said Lyngdoh.
A farmer selling bananas said that even though challenges will occur with the prevailing situation, they are trying to make do with whatever they have.
Commander Shangpliang, president of Hill Farmers’ Union, said that farmers have suffered a lot during the pandemic. “Although this time it has been a bit different since we have been supplying to Assam and also to the state itself at a good rate,” said Shangpliang.
He added that there has been no assistance for the losses incurred last year. He said it would be helpful to get financial assistance.