The Meghalaya government has decided to create a directorate of food processing for better utilisation and value addition of agricultural products, including fruits, in the state.
The proposal to create the directorate was approved by the state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma.
“This directorate will take care of various items such as fruits and other agricultural produces,” Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong told reporters after the cabinet meeting.
He said financial involvement would be minimal and the state agriculture department had been asked to work out the details that would not incur much expenditure for creating the directorate.
Agricultural produces in Meghalaya are wasted in the absence of food processing units.