Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul M Sangma has encouraged the cultivation of spices in Garo Hills as an alternative means of cultivation and livelihood. The cultivation of spices will enhance livelihood opportunities in the rural areas, he said while attending the promotion of black pepper cultivation at Rongjeng Government-aided Higher Secondary School, East Garo Hills, organized by District Horticulture Officer, East Garo Hills Williamnagar.
He pointed out that spices like pepper, cinnamon and cardamom are used for cooking and medicinal purposes all over the world. The CM also said resilient means of livelihood infused with scientific approach will bring in higher returns to cultivators. It will also help reverse the ill effects of climatic change as planting of certain condiments like pepper also increases the vegetative cover.
Urging the villagers to start the cultivation of spices, he said the cultivation of pepper known to be king of spices, is highly profitable with India being the largest exporter of black pepper. Saplings of high yielding varieties of black pepper were distributed to 84 villages.