Shillong, June 21: Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said on Monday that the government is working on a number of interventions to promote value-added jackfruit products in the state under its flagship scheme– Jackfruit Mission.
In 2018, the Mission was launched in the state and is being implemented by the Directorate of Food Processing.
Through the programme, the government 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 College of Community Science, West Garo Hills, the chief minister said that with jackfruit grown abundantly in the state, the jackfruit mission was launched with a view to create livelihood and value chain among others. “The mission will be a game-changer as the demand for jackfruit products in the international market is very high”, he said.
The chief minister said the state government will provide help to the nano entrepreneurs to take the mission forward thereby bringing the benefits of jackfruit to the people.
Sangma informed about the Chief Minister’s Support for Producers Group, wherein Rs. 5000 each is provided to individuals who collectively comes together to form a group.
“Under the programme, each individual entrepreneurs 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.
He informed that Rs 5 crore has already been sanctioned to take the project forward. He said the government is playing a pro-active role to create market linkages with the neighboring Bangladesh, Arab countries, and others to create value chain and job opportunity.
West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner, Ram Singh, highlighted the nutritional values of jackfruit.