Shillong: In a bid to help the farmers dealing with forest produce, Meghalaya MP Vincent Pala on Thursday met with the Meghalaya Basin Development Authority (MBDA) urging them to train and promote farmers dealing with brooms.

Following a virtual meeting with Tribal Affairs Minister, Pala said that the nodal agency MBDA can help the farmers under the Tribal Co-operative Marketing Federation of India (TRIFED). Most farmers in the state are only capable of selling the raw products of the broom, he felt and added that they can be trained to sell finished products instead of selling raw material.

“Now, especially with COVID, they can’t sell their goods, so if they can sell it online, it will really benefit the farmers,” Pala said, adding that not only brooms but other products that the state is also popular like turmeric. TRIFED can train the farmers and connect them with buyers to benefit the farmers. 

MBDA with TRIFED signed an agreement, and the farmers will have to register and organise a self-help group to get the necessary help from TRIFED.

Pala said that it is just the start and will take a long way. He wanted to ensure some assistance to the farmers in packaging and if the government can give out more machines to the farmers.

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