Shillong, May 21: Meghalaya State Agricultural Produce and Livestock Marketing (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and Meghalaya Labour Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020 were passed by the house on Thursday, during the re-assembly budget session.
Chief Minister Conrad Sangma termed the Agricultural Produce and Livestock Marketing Bill a “game-changer” and said that it will positively impact farmers in the state.
“This bill will ensure that the middle-men can’t charge high percentages from farmers. It gives more power to the farmers. They can come up with their own markets,” he said.
The bill will now include livestock, fisheries, and medicinal plants under the act. It will also help farmers benefit from E-naam which are technologically driven market place, the Chief Minister stated.
He also stated that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people are looking to enter into agricultural sector. “We need to go for close-range consumption based markets like Guwahati,” he said, adding that for distant markets, farmers can provide low volume, high value produce.