About the Directorate

Introduction

The agro-climatic zones of Meghalaya facilitate production of a large number of diverse fruits and vegetables. Most of our agricultural commodities are amenable for further processing into various intermediary and finished products that can fetch better value to the farmers and processors. The present institutional mechanism for value addition is barely adequate. The full potential of the sector therefore, goes abegging.

Based on the 2015-16 data, the net sown area of Meghalaya is 3,43,431 ha which is just 15.27% of the total geographical area. There are at least four major crops that are grown in about 10000 ha each, in our state, namely: – Potato, Mandarin Orange, Pineapple, and Ginger. There is also an exclusive niche market for Lakadong Turmeric.

This is where the proposal for creating the Directorate of Food Processing came into being and the Government of Meghalaya had created a new Directorate of Food Processing under the Department of Agriculture in May 2018.

Directorate Structure

The Directorate is presently headed by the Officer on Special Duty(OSD)and one (1) Horticulture Development Officer (HDO), they look into the various activities relating to Food Processing in the state, be it agriculture based, or horticulture based, or plantation crop based. Besides this, five (5) Technical Associates had been appointed to cater to the needs of subject specific activities, and other office staffs who facilitate the day-to-day working of the directorate.

                      

Name

Designation

Station

Phone

Mobile

E- Mail

Mr. Maqbool Lyngdoh Suiam

Officer on Special Duty

Shillong

0364-2951132

9436103899

shasaw@gmail.com

Mr. Defenderson Shadap

Assistant Director of Horticulture(FP)

Shillong

 

9436107189

desha09@gmail.com

Smti.K.D.A. Momin

Assistant Director of Horticulture(FP)

Dainadubi

Macdonald Ropmay 

7005423938

karendipsera@gmail.com/adh.dainadubi@gmail.com.

Dr. Dombewarisa S.Marak

Horticulture Development Officer(FP)

Shillong

 

7005116018

warisa.aau36@gmail.com

Macdonald Ropmay

Technical Associate-I

Shillong

8794824292

macdonaldropmaythabah@gmail.com

P. Mariadon S Pathaw

Technical Associate-I

Shillong

 

8402048301

mariadon@rediffmail.com

Dr.Charis Ripnar Kharkongor

Technical Associate-II

Shillong

 

8787786016

charisripnar2016@gmail.com

Danme C. M. Sangma

Technical Associate-III

Shillong

 

8787598518

danmesangma@gmail.com

Ribhahun Khonglah

Technical Associate-III

Shillong

 

9366738062

khonglahribhahun@gmail.com

Our Mission

  1. It aims at bridging the gap between agricultural value-chain. This is essential to help farmers getting remunerative prices to their produce and also become entrepreneurs in the process and thereby leading to employment generation in this sector.
  2. It strives to develop entrepreneurship in the state, the Directorate creates a network with academic, research and technology dispensing institutions of the country connected to Food Processing sector, viz., the CFTRI, Mysore, the CIPHET, Ludhiana, etc.
  3. The directorate aims at creating academic opportunities for the youth by way of having them admitted in certificate, diploma or degree granting programmes in the state, or elsewhere in the country.
  4. The Directorate makes all possible efforts to expand the market for the processed products, by way of organizing festivals, and participating in exhibitions and expositions in and outside the state periodically.
  5. The Directorate will source technologies from various research and technology generating organizations and to induct the most appropriate crop-specific processing technologies in the state, to make processing low-scale, decentralized and people-centric activity.
  6. The Directorate will adopt a geographical crop cluster approach for creating sufficient scale in the processing opportunities and develop common facilities in the cluster hubs.
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