Mukul urges Areca nuts export to Bangladesh

Posted in March 2012

SHILLONG, March 29: Meghalaya Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma inaugurated the first phase of the Farmers  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 along  the international border between India and Bangladesh.
The Agricultural  department had allocated funds under the Additional Central Assistance 2008-09 for development  of the farmers market.
In his speech, Dr. Sangma stressed on the need to create better market linkage with Bangladesh  in terms of exporting agriculture and horticulture produce of Meghalaya. He further said that  the initiative would improve the living conditions of the farmers in the border areas, adding  that though Bakur market will facilitate the large-scale sale of arecanuts, this will also  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 possibility  of exporting both agricultural and horticultural products. He further stated that the  intention of the government is to improve the plight of the people living in the border area  and the inauguration of the Farmers Market will help to boost marketing facilities.
Others who spoke on the occasion were  L Rymbui,  A Saleh, T Dkhar, Deputy  Commissioner, Jaintia Hills, Dr. O Rngad, Director Agriculture.

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