SHILLONG, May 14: Germany is keen on exploring avenues in Meghalaya as informed by the German Deputy Ambassador Dr Jasper Wieck who expressed the country’s desire to improve its assistance to the state.
“It is high time to also give attention to the North East states as we often go to Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore and other parts of India,” Dr Wieck said here on Monday.
Dr Wieck and his team arrived in the state and visited the Nela Handloom Training Centre cum production unit at Mawkasiang village, located at the outskirts of the city here on Monday.
Stating that there are many projects in Development Corporation, he said it is a good opportunity to learn how to improve assistance to the state of Meghalaya.
Dr Wieck, who is also the Deputy Chief of Mission Head of Economic and Global Affairs said that one of the objectives of such projects is to help the people generate income in their own village so that they need not migrate to big cities.
“These people should stay in their own villages and hence they have to get the opportunity to generate income,” he said while pointing out that the weaving project is one such attempt to help villagers to improve their livelihood activities.
He further said that once people take up handloom and learn how to do it, the state can soon produce for the local market, regional market, all India market and the European market.
Dr Wieck said the samples of scarves which are available at the production unit are of very high quality and can be used to make clothes which can be marketed in India and in the European market.
Asserting that the people of the state should be proud of their land as it is very productive in terms of agriculture, he said, “I wish we had fruitful lands in agriculture in Germany.”
NPP MDC from Sohryngkham Pyniaid Sing Syiem, NPP state youth wing president Nicky Nongkhlaw, Wanlambok Kharsati secretary of Mawryngkneng and Berry Kharngapkynta were also present during the visit of the German delegation.