Two Centres of Excellence in Meghalaya: Meghalaya-Israel Collaboration
In a collaboration between Israel and the government of Meghalaya, the two centres are to set up at Jongksha village in East Khasi Hils, and Dawagre in East Garo Hills.
These two Centres of Excellence (CoE) will help to improve and promote the livelihood of farmers. One will be set up for vegetables at Jongksha village in East Khasi Hils, while the second one will be at Dawagre in East Garo Hills for the cultivation of citrus fruits.
In a meeting with the representatives of Israel led by Israel Ambassador to India Ron Malka, Conrad Sangma, the Chief Minister of Meghalaya mentions about this venture.
The Centre has an estimate of about Rs 10 crore for setting up of each CoE. Sangma mentions that talks for setting up the centres are in the advanced stage with the Central Government.
As described by the CM of Meghalaya, the state can’t offer maximum benefit to the farmer due to lack of technology and research.
“We feel that with the support and collaboration with the Israel Government, which has been a leader in agriculture technology in the world, we will go a long way in enhancing productivity and earnings of all farmers in the state,”
While Ambassador Malka said;
“Meghalaya has passed the special milestone by becoming a part of the family of states under the Indo-Israeli agriculture project.”