SHILLONG, March 29: Meghalaya Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma inaugurated the first phase of the FarmersÂ Market at Bakur, Dawki, bordering Bangladesh on Thursday.
It may be mentioned that the market was constructed by the Meghalaya State Agriculture Market Board in 2010 with an aim to improve the economy of the farmers in the area. The project was implemented at Dawki considering its location alongÂ the international border between India and Bangladesh.
The AgriculturalÂ department had allocated funds under the Additional Central Assistance 2008-09 for developmentÂ of the farmers market.
In his speech, Dr. Sangma stressed on the need to create better market linkage with BangladeshÂ in terms of exporting agriculture and horticulture produce of Meghalaya. He further said thatÂ the initiative would improve the living conditions of the farmers in the border areas, addingÂ that though Bakur market will facilitate the large-scale sale of arecanuts, this will alsoÂ facilitate the marketing of other horticulture produce.
He further said that Meghalaya can export a lot of areca nuts to Bangladesh and the people of the area can explore the possibilityÂ of exporting both agricultural and horticultural products. He further stated that theÂ intention of the government is to improve the plight of the people living in the border areaÂ and the inauguration of the Farmers Market will help to boost marketing facilities.
Others who spoke on the occasion wereÂ L Rymbui,Â A Saleh, T Dkhar, DeputyÂ Commissioner, Jaintia Hills, Dr. O Rngad, Director Agriculture.