SHILLONG, Nov 6: The officials and representatives of various intertiol organisations that supported the 5-day Indigenous Terra Madre (ITM) Festival in the State had an interaction with Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma on Friday evening and discussed the key issues that emerged in the last few days of the festival.
The representatives including those from United tions (FAO), IFAD, ICIMOD, Chefs’ Alliance, etc thanked the State Government for making the event possible through its support and for the hospitality, making it one of the most widely represented meeting of its kind.
After listening to several reports and suggestions given by the delegation, Dr Sangma said that the event has been a great opportunity for the State because of which it could create positive stories for the whole north east region and suggested that such an event should be held every three years.
The Chief Minister gave insights to the delegation about the State Government’s initiatives in the field of agriculture and how it has re-strategised its approach to farming with a stress on organic farming.
“The focus of our government is to look at the majority of the population-the farmers and creating livelihood opportunities that are sustaible and remunerative that would make living in the rural areas more attractive than in the urban centres,” Dr Sangma said.
The Chief Minister also said that it was a privilege to share the knowledge of global partners for the benefit of the local farmers.