Ampati (Meghalaya): Multitudes of farmers and entrepreneurs from all over Garo Hills on Thurrsday gathered at the Marketing Conclave held at Ampati Multi Facility Centre near here. The Conclave, an initiative of the Meghalaya Basin Management Agency (MBMA) and organized by the Basin Development Unit (BDU), Ampati, aimed at creating awareness on marketing of agricultural products and value addition
The objective of the conclave was to help farmers including entrepreneurs understand the concept of commodity market dynamics and thereby enable them to significantly enhance the value of their produces through branding and other creditable practices.
Resource persons for the conclave included Rajesh Patidar, Vice President, Agriwatch, New Delhi, Biplab Sarma, Commodity Analyst, Agriwatch, New Delhi and Dr Abhigyan Bhattacharjee, Associate Professor, NEHU amongst others.
During the conclave a panel discussions on market infrastructure besides marketing of agri products and value addition was held followed by a presentation on agriculture markets in Garo Hills. Commodity trading on spices was also addressed during the gathering.
Other than farmers participants during the conclave included representatives from the GHADC, DCIC, Horticulture department, North East Green Tech Private Limited, APEDA, Organic Majuli, Mission Organic and the Forestry departments.
Addressing the gathering during the inaugural session, South West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner and Chairman, IBDLP, Cyril Darlong Diengdoh said that the district administration was always looking out for opportunities for farmers in terms of creating more profitable markets. He said that the state being primarily an agrarian society it was imperative to understand our natural capital and resources. He opined that as the indigenous farmers of the region only practiced organic farming they could brand their products as organic and increase their value significantly.(MIPR)