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Czech mate for Meghalaya

Shillong, Oct. 11: Meghalaya will partner the Czech Republic in the fields of agriculture, horticulture and energy to help the farmers of this hill state.

The decision came at a meeting held here between chief minister Mukul Sangma and his officials along with a delegation visiting the state from the Czech Republic, which was led by their deputy minister of agriculture, Radek Braum.

During the meeting, a number of presentations were made pertaining to possible partnerships between the Czech Republic and the state government.

Sangma said out of the presentations, a few have been shortlisted. To start with, agriculture and horticulture will be the areas of focus where there will be a partnership between the Meghalaya government and technology and service providers from the Czech Republic to make available technology and knowledge to the farmers and other possible partners in Meghalaya.

He said the focus in this area of partnership would be on warehousing, food processing and cold storage facilities.

Another area of partnership is in the energy sector where there are solutions through green energy, which is very relevant in Meghalaya because of the abundance of biomass. “This raises the possibility of providing energy on a standalone basis or in other words the off-grid system of clean energy,” Sangma said.

He said a partnership has been entered into for capacity building of various stakeholders, including government officers.

Braum said a more intensive collaboration with Meghalaya in food processing and agricultural machinery has been started. The main aim of this collaboration is to bring in Czech technology, investment and knowhow to establish a strategic market.

The delegation from the Czech Republic will also meet the business community from the state to explore the possibility of collaborations in various business activities.