Meghalaya agriculture minister Banteidor Lyngdoh meeting with farmers associations and NGOs Credit: EastMojo image

Shillong: Meghalaya agriculture minister Banteidor Lyngdoh on Wednesday met with the farmers’ associations and other local organisations to discuss their issues and the initiatives that the government has taken for the farmers.

Addressing the media, Lyngdoh said that in the meeting the association and the others shared the challenges faced by them during this pandemic.

“This year, being the year of farmers, we wanted to listen to them what they want. So, we discussed that to celebrate the year of farmers may not be possible due to the current situation. Because if we had to celebrate we wanted to do something for the farmers and wanted all the farmers to be present and not just the ministers being present,” said Lyngdoh.

He added that in the meeting, the major issue raised by them was that they were being harassed, especially their vehicles carrying vegetables from one district to another.

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“I want this message to go out to all the district administration to not disturb the vehicles carrying vegetables, because till now they have been harassing them. The vehicles have been checked in spite of the passes pasted on the vehicles,” he said.

The initiative taken by the government has already approved several schemes for the farmers. The government will be purchasing more iTeams 1917 vehicles, the government will be helping the farmer to repay around 2% of loans of those beneficiaries who have taken KCC loans.

When asked if next year can also be declared as year of the farmers, Lyngdoh said that it depends on the situation. “We will call another meeting what can be done concerning the year of farmers,” said Lyngdoh.

Speaking with EastMojo, Hill Farmer’s Union president Commander Shangpliang said that they had raised the issue earlier with the government to issue a notification to declare this year as the year of farmers.

“We want a special package for the farmers in Meghalaya, since we face several hardships especially during this pandemic,” said Shangpliang.

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