SHILLONG: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Monday said that the government is working on several interventions to promote value-added jackfruit products in the State under its flagship scheme – Jackfruit Mission.
In 2018, the 'Jackfruit Mission' was launched in the State and is being implemented by the Directorate of Food Processing, Government of Meghalaya.
Through the programme, the Governmjackfruit , Conrad K Sangma , Meghalayaent is supporting the farmers engaged in jackfruit plantation and is providing training and other support to leverage their activities by connecting them with market linkage.
Speaking at 'Nano Jackfruit Entrepreneurs' event at the College of Community Science, the Chief Minister said that with jackfruit grown abundantly in the state, the jackfruit mission was launched to create livelihood, value chain, etc. "The mission will be a game-changer as the demand for jackfruit products in the international market are very high," he said.
Lauding the efforts of the entrepreneurs, the Chief Minister said that the State government will provide help to the nano entrepreneurs to take the mission forward thereby bringing the benefits of jackfruit to the people.
Conrad Sangma also informed about the Chief Minister's Support for Producers Group, wherein Rs 5,000 each is provided to individuals who collectively come together to form a group.
"Under the programme, each entrepreneur or farmers with similar interest can come together and avail the support to further their entrepreneurial activities or use it as a startup fund to begin their venture," he said.