Ampati, January 9: Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma officially launched the Mission Organic in South West Garo Hills district during the day–long Conclave on Clean & Green Mission under IBDLP held at Betasing Block today. The programme was based on the theme “Promising an organic revolution for transformation of Meghalaya”.
The conclave is a convergence programme of the Horticulture, Agriculture and C&RD departments in collaboration with FDS Mission Organic to create awareness among the farmers of the region on organic farming through deliberations and interaction.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, the Chief Minister dwelt at length on the number of problems brought on by poor planning by certain departments, destruction of catchment areas, unscientific farming and excessive use of chemical fertilizers and said that it was to offset these problems that the government had started Clean and Green Mission, “so that we can relook at our approach to life”.
However, the effort will go in vain even if the government spends crores of rupees if there is no community engagement, he said and called for synchronized activities of all the line departments along with aggressive engagement of the community. Referring to the high incidence of cancer caused by excessive use of non–organic chemical fertilizers and pesticides in Bathinda in Punjab, Dr Sangma asked the Department of Horticulture to send a delegate of farmers so that they can see with their own eyes and learn the detrimental effects of chemical fertilizers. He also said that the Mission Organic programme will be initiated in every village in the district where land is available and announced that the first 100 villages in all the districts to become fully organic would be awarded with special schemes. “South West Garo Hills must strive to be the first district to declare itself as the first organic district,” he said. The Mission will open up multi–faceted opportunities opportunities to the people, he added.
Informing the gathering that a project Rs 4,500 crore have been approved for taking care of water scarcity in the State, to harvest water and create water bodies, he said that the origil idea of IBDLP itself was to create water bodies in the State. He also asked the horticulture department to prepare a programme for bamboo plantation, which can create sustaible livelihood and also lead to sustaible ecology.
The Chief Minister also interacted with the farmers who came up with their problems and cleared their doubts by patiently replying to the queries raised by them on certain issues like problem of water, use of seeds, etc.