Meghalaya govt legalises wine making

SHILLONG, Sep 24: The Meghalaya cabinet on Thursday approved the proposal to formulate rules on the introduction of the manufacture and sale of homemade fruit wines.

Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma informed reporters that with the formulation of the rules, individuals can now make home made wine and sell them in the market.

According to the Chief Minister, the approval to legalise wine making in Meghalaya will allow farmers whose produce sometimes to sell their fruits to the wine – makers.

He also informed that the state government has ensured that the ad-volerem that is paid by these home made wine producers will be much lesser compared to the other products. 

“So here Rs. 100 per case will be the ad-volerem fees and we have completely done away with the VAT for these home made wine producers,” Sangma said.

The Chief Minister also said that the government has also ensured that the license fees will be only Rs 7,500 and wine making can be taken up by individuals, different cooperative societies or different companies.