Govt welcomes suggestion of local wine makers to promote local wine

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Meghalaya News 24  exclusive

 

Excise Minister Kyrmen Shylla on Monday welcome the suggestions of the local wine makers to promote local wine throughout the country.

Talking to media in Shillong, Shylla said, “They (local wine makers) should come forward and suggest what kind of help they want from us, the ideas they like to  give us. I would like to ask the local wine makers to come forward and approach us  if they want to give any kind of suggestion or seek help we are ready to help.”

 Putting an end to almost a two-decade-long demand for legalising the fledgling but burgeoning local homemade wine-making, the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government on September 2020 introduced the Manufacture and Sale of Home Made Fruit Wines Rules, 2020 for issuing of licenses to winemakers in the state.

Asked if platform like Meghalaya pavilion can be used to promote local wine, Excise Minister Kyrmen shylla said, “For this it depends on the organisers of the programme if they allow our local wine to display that will be very helpful.”

While requesting the organisers of different programme to provide a platform to the local wine makers, the Minister said, “i would like to request also all these programme within the state and also outside the state if they could can accommodate local wine where locally produced wines can be showcase, even outsiders get to know what kind of wine are produce in Meghalaya.”

Asked if locally made wine will be given a place to display during 50th year of statehood celebration, Shylla said due to Omicron the programme is curtailed, however, “Local wine makers should approach the govt to promote local wine during Meghalaya day celebration as of now we have not received any proposal. if they have any proposal then we can seek help from the government.”

He further added, “If they have any suggestion which is applicable we are ready to consider.”

Earlier,  Chief minister Conrad K Sangma in December laid the foundation of the office building of the commissioner of excise at Lachumiere in the city and noted that 80% of liquor consumed in Meghalaya was locally made.

“With 80% of liquor consumed in the state produced locally, the new building will also have an excise laboratory for proper checking of the liquor. The Meghalaya excise logo launched on Tuesday will help create a brand name our homegrown wines,” he said.

The Chief Minister also said the Government is trying to bring further reforms in local wine making by looking at the possibility of levying reduced fees and excise duties for local wines.