SHILLONG, July 29 - Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers� Welfare Radha Mohan Singh today visited Lawsohtun organic farm here in the State Capital.
During the visit, Singh urged the farmers to expand organic farming in the State. The farm that Singh visited is a four hectare farmland which belongs to Lawsohtun Farmers� Association and is being maintained by 20 households.
The Union Minister interacted with the farmers and appreciated their efforts in practising organic farming.
He also asked Meghalaya Government officials to extend all possible assistance to farmers in this regard. The Minister also assured full support from the Central Government towards promoting organic farming in the State.
He, however, asked all the officials to submit utilisation certificate of funds to Centre on time so that flow of funds is not disrupted.
State Government officials informed the Minister that the State has developed organic farming in 40,000 hectares, covering all the districts of the State. This will enable the State to get the necessary certification for the products of these lands as organic.
The Union Minister also reviewed the activities of Department of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Veterinary and allied sectors with the officials of the departments at Raj Bhawan.
The Union Minister reviewed the implementation of all the Central welfare schemes under his Ministry, in Meghalaya.
He instructed the officials to ensure that the schemes meant for the welfare of the farmers are delivered promptly and within specified time frame.
�This will enable the Government to achieve the goal of doubling the farmers� income by 2022,� Singh said.