Raksamgre farmers covered in piglets

Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma today distributed 2,000 piglets to 500 beneficiaries of ‘PROGRESS’, an initiative of the State Government under the Rural Pig Breeding Scheme, in Raksamgre, West Garo Hills .

Sangma also gave checks to farmers under the FOCUS and FOCUS+ programs. In addition, he distributed financial aid to several youth organizations under the “YESS Meghalaya” program.

Speaking on the occasion, the CM said that the government plans to reach every rural farming household in Meghalaya under FOCUS and FOCUS+.

He told the rally that over the past 18 months, 25,000 producer groups have been formed in the state under the FOCUS scheme and more than Rs 125 crore has already been disbursed to these groups.

Clarifying the misconception that funds given to producer groups are loans, Sangma said the money is purely financial assistance to leverage agricultural and related activities.

Thanks to FOCUS, checks of Rs 33.90 lakh were handed over to producer groups today. Individual producers also received funds today as part of FOCUS+.

During the program, self-help groups received community investment funds, with five village organizations receiving Rs 5.80 lakh. Twenty-one youth groups also received checks worth a total of Rs 9 lakh under the YESS scheme.

Meanwhile, the CM has also laid the groundwork for the new Raksamgre Civil Sub-division building which will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 4 crore. He also inaugurated two new school buildings which were constructed under the Asian Development Bank Human Capital Development Support Projects in Meghalaya. The schools are Pedaldoba Government Aided Secondary School and Raksamgre Higher Secondary School.