Agri, energy sectors to get boost

State to partner with Czech Republic

By Our Reporter

 SHILLONG: The State Government will partner with the Czech Republic with an aim to improve technology in various fields and strategizing the market besides boosting the capacity building of various stakeholders including government officers.

A visiting Czech Republic delegation led by the country’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Radek Braum met Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma here on Thursday to discuss the possible areas of partnership. A number of presentations were made during the meeting out of which a few have been shortlisted.

To start with there would be cooperation in the field of agriculture and horticulture between the State Government and technology and service providers from the Czech Republic who will make available the technology and knowledge to the farmers and other possible partners in the State.

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

Coordination in the energy sector was also discussed with green energy solutions being relevant in the State due to the abundance of biomass. “This raises the possibility of providing energy on a stand alone basis or in other words the off grid system of clean energy,” Dr. Sangma said.

“A partnership has also been entered into for capacity building of various stakeholders including government officers,” the Chief Minister added.

Meanwhile, Czech Republic delegation head Braum said that a more intensive collaboration in food processing and agricultural machinery, the main aim of which is to bring in Czech technology, investment and know how to establish a strategic market has been started with Meghalaya.

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