Shillong, Mar 23: The state government will start its organic mission next fiscal to increase the total area under organic certification to 1 lakh hectares.
Presenting the budget on Thursday, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said Rs 25 crore has been allocated for the programme.
The state government recently adopted the Meghalaya State Organic and Natural Farming Policy 2023, and so far, 15,000 hectares of area in the state is organically certified.
Sikkim (Read: Story of ‘organic target’ in two NE states) is the first state in the North East to embark on an Organic Mission two decades ago and it is planning to expand the reach of its products beyond the country.
Besides, the state government is planning an expenditure of Rs 40 crore in the livestock sector.
The state programme, Prosperity of Grassroot Families through Livestock Intervention, which is caled PROGRESS, seeks to provide high-yielding piglets, poultry birds and goats free of cost to the poorest households.