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09 August 2022

Press Release No. 326/22


Additional Deputy Commissioner of South West Garo Hills, AVD Shira, launched a program on black pepper under Spice Mission 2022 to 2023 at Multi Facility Centre, Ampati on Tuesday, in the presence of SS Kharsati, Joint Director of Agriculture of West Garo Hills and other Officials of the District Agriculture Office and the District Horticulture Office of Ampati.

Black pepper saplings of high yielding variety from Kerela, were distributed to beneficiaries of the district during the program launch, which was organised by the Office of the District Horticulture Officer of Ampati. A total of 84,800 black pepper saplings will be distributed to 212 beneficiaries of 19 identified villages across the district.

Encouraging the beneficiaries to make use of the privileges being provided by the government as long term solution to address the economic issues, while addressing the gathering as the Chief Guest, AVD Shira said that in the past, had her grandparents or parents received such help from the government, their family financial conditions, during her younger days would have been better, as it would have benefited the generations of offsprings. She, thus, adviced them to plant the saplings and consider it an investment for the future of their offsprings by leaving them a fruitful legacy which will make them financially independent.

Introducing the objectives of this Mission and also encouraging the farmers to cultivate black pepper extensively on mission mode, Joint Director of Agriculture of West Garo Hills, SS Kharsati, in her keynote address, informed the beneficiaries that the climate of Garo Hills is suitable for cultivation of black pepper and this Mission will increase employment opportunities for farmers as black pepper fetches high price in the market, which will improve economic conditions of not only their families but also the district and the state as a whole.

Appealing to the beneficiaries to not discard it as any garden plant because it is being distributed for free, Kharsati also told the farmers to seek help regarding scientific methods of cultivation, from Horticulture and Agriculture Offices of the District. Expressing his gratitude towards farmers for accepting to plant black pepper, District Agriculture Officer of Ampati, JS Momin, urged the farmers to work hard to contribute towards the economic growth of the state and region. He also invited the farmers to walk into his office, should they require any help.

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