On October 7, 2020 In order to improve and promote the livelihoods of farmers, the Meghalaya government entered into partnership with Israel to establish a one of a kind Centre of Excellence(CoE) on high value vegetables in the state.
CoE is important for tapping the diverse biodiversity and available resources in the state in terms of its soil and agro-climatic condition.
The State’s Department of Agriculture has decided to initiate the collaboration in 2 phases.
Phase 1– Focuses on seasonal and high value vegetables and water management through Small multi purpose Reservoirs/Ponds for irrigation, fishery, etc.
Phase 2- Focuses to expand the research and development of citrus fruits.
Benefits of CoE
i.Considering the State has a gene pool of important vegetables, fruits and plants like Citrus fruits in Nokrek, East Garo Hills District, the CoE will act as a stimulus for more research work and also for expansion into multi-fold aspects including tourism potential.
ii.By generating/propagating seedlings through Quality Planting Materials, CoE is likely to create a meaningful impact.
iii.It will enhance cultivation by introducing techniques and technology support and creating water harvesting and conservation initiatives.
iv.To address the marketing issue, it will explore the possibility to establish a State of the Art Packing House.
Through the collaboration Israel will offer wide expertise in terms of fertigation, protected cultivation among others to Meghalaya.
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