Meghalaya Government has incorporated 1,188 self help groups in the state. Under the Meghalaya State Watershed and Wasteland Development Agency, around 62,730 Hectare Areas covered under this scheme, the State Government has constructed 950 Water Harvesting Structures and 1570 Hector of Afforestation completed.
The Meghalaya State Watershed and Wasteland Development Agency under the Soil & Water Conservation Department on Wednesday organised the Self Help Group (SHGs) Mela under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) Watershed Development Component (WDC) 2.0 at the premises of State Central Library, Shillong. Marcuise N Marak, Soil & Water Conservation Minister graced the event as the Chief Guest.
Speaking at the event, Marcuise N Marak said that the Self Help Group Mela serves as the right brand testament to the success of PMKSY. The stalls and exhibitions are evidence of the resilience and determination of all farmers and self help groups. He said that it is not just about financial assistance, but it is more about fostering self-reliance, encouraging entrepreneurship and building sustainable communities.
“This programme is with regard to the PMKSY Watershed Development Component (WDC) 2.0 , out of this we have funded for the self help groups and they have their own products, so of them are displayed some of them cultivating vegetables and some very innovative products, even for the farmers we are providing helping hands,” Marak said.
The minister also called upon the people to reiterate the commitment to the principles of sustainable livelihoods, water conservation and community driven development.
More than sixty stalls were put up by various self help groups from across the state showcasing an array of organic and handmade products. The SHGs displayed an impressive range of goods, including honey, pickles, spices, vegetables, candies, juices, handicrafts and other items.