If you have found us online, then you may well be interested in natural products of Meghalaya, or its unique herbs & spices or the agro bio-diversity of the Northeast of India or maybe looking for information on aromatic and medicinal plants of this region or perhaps essential oils? If yes, then you may find it useful to know about the organizations in Meghalaya working in the areas of agriculture and allied services. Look no further. Such a list is right here. Read on.
Before we begin, here is a little background to how we put this list together.
The last year, ever since Zizira was launched, has been one of exploration and discovery for the Zizira team and it continues to be so. Not only did we come to know about special herbs, spices, aromatic and medicinal plants, flowers and even vegetables, but also discovered the existence of a number of organizations in Meghalaya that work to help famers, to support agriculture and horticulture. Zizira was fortunate to have visited and interacted with many of them. Each of these visits were rewarding, as we learnt a lot. You may benefit too if you knew about their existence. So, here is a list of organizations supporting agriculture and allied sectors in Meghalaya. The ones we ‘discovered’ though our explorations.
*ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region,
Address of Head Quarter: Umroi Road, Barapani, Meghalaya -793103
Regional Centres at: Basar (Arunachal Pradesh), Imphal (Manipur), Kolasib (Mizoram), Jharnapani (Nagaland), Lembucherra (Tripura) and Gangtok (Sikkim)
This research complex was set up in 1975 under ICAR*. The Head Quarters is in Meghalaya and there are six regional centres. All the centres are well equipped and conduct research in Agriculture and allied sectors. A premier institution that everyone with interest in Agriculture and allied sectors must connect with. More...
(* ICAR stands for Indian Council of Agricultural Research & NEH stands for North Eastern Hill Region)
Set up in March 2013, to improve the livelihood of the rural population who depend on natural resources like water, land and bio-resources for their day to day living. It is responsible for implementing the Integrated Basin Development and Livelihood Programme (IBDLP)
Read more on MBDA
This Department was set up during the British rule, in 1882 when Meghalaya was a part of the state of Assam.
It is a nodal agency for all statutory functions under various Acts and Regulations. Read more...
The Department of Agriculture, Meghalaya is easy to approach and learn from.
North Eastern Hill University (NEHU)
Main Campus: Mawkynroh, Umshing, Shillong 793022, Meghalaya
Phone: (0364) 2721012/2550067
Tura Campus: NEHU, Tura Campus
Chandmari - 794002, Tura, Meghalaya
Phone: 03651-223107 (O)
NEHU, with its excellent facilities across two campuses, one in Shillong and one in Tura, and supported by experienced faculty, is truly a pride of Northeast India. It has a department on Rural Development and Agriculture in its Tura campus. The department of Bio-Chemistry and Department of Botany in its main campus too conduct research in the area of agriculture. Read more about NEHU
Botanical Survey of India, Eastern Regional Centre
Eastern Regional Centre,
Woodlands, Laitumkhrah, Shillong – 793 003, Meghalaya.
Fax: (0364) 2224119;
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
The Eastern Regional Centre of the Botanical Survey of India is in Shillong, Meghalaya.
Team Zizira has met with Dr. Mao, the Senior Scientist who is in-charge of this centre and were happy for the knowledge gained. Read more about BSI, Shillong
Liaison Office of the Coffee Board of India
Near NEHU Campus, SHILLONG - 793 014
Phone: 0364 – 2535870
There are two liaison offices of the Coffee Board of India in Meghalaya – one in Shillong and another in Tura. They provide support to farmers in Meghalaya who cultivate coffee. These units operate under the Joint Director of The Coffee Board based in Guwahati. More on the coffee board office in Meghalaya
Krishi Vigyan Kendras
Contact: Dr. A.K. Singh, Deputy Director General,
Division of Agricultural Extension, Krishi Anusandhan Bhawan, New Delhi - 110 012 INDIA
Phone: 91-11-2584 3277, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Krishi Vigyan Kendra - or Agricultural Science centres, were set up under Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) to add science and technology related information to the agricultural extension services. Over 600 KVKs function across the country, of which 78 are in the North East Region. Meghalaya has five KVKs. Read more about KVKs.
College of Postgraduate Studies is a constituent college of the Central Agricultural University, Imphal, and offers post graduate degrees in Agriculture. The vision is to groom local talent to guide the farming community of the NE region. From the Academic Session 2015-16, it is also offering B.Sc. Agriculture Degree programme till such time the new College of Agriculture is ready. Read more
Meghalaya Small Farmers’ Agri-business Consortium (SFAC)
Shillong - 793014
This is an initiative by the Government of India to promote the business side of agriculture to benefit farmers. MgSFAC implements schemes under the ‘Horticulture Mission for North East and Himalayan State’
APIB is a collaborative project of the North Eastern Space Applications Centre(NESAC) and the Department of Agriculture, Government of Meghalaya. It provides access to knowledge related to agriculture and allied sectors useful for the farmers, extension personnel and planners.
The Meghalaya Commercial Crops Development Board works under the Department of Soil Conservation, Govt. of Meghalaya. The Board was set up to promote the cultivation of Horticultural and Plantation crops, to help improve the livelihood of farmers.
Among the Commercial Crops to be taken up by the Board are Bay Leaf, Tea, Coffee, Cashew, Black Pepper, Ginger, Turmeric, Medicinal or Aromatic plants and any other crops the State Government may specify by Notification. Read more
“The state of Meghalaya has been identified as a key area for biodiversity conservation due to its high species diversity and high level of endemism.” Says the website.
A number of interesting surveys and studies are going on under this Board.
This platform went into operations in July 2012 and acts as a warehouse and repository of relevant information, knowledge and technology in agriculture and allied sectors. It aims to provide linkages among partners and collaborate with public, private, state and regional organizations in the region and help unleash the true potential of agriculture in Northeast India.
Good site to visit and track. It offers a SMS gateway where farmers can get timely guidance from experts.
Under a link called Agri Visuals the site hosts images, videos and some PPTs. Of interest was a presentation on conservation and utilization of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
The site provides a list of research projects going on at ICAR Research Centre for North Eastern Hill Region at Umiam
And an Agro-met advisory on a weekly basis is updated here:
National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources – Regional Station
Officer Incharge: Dr. Anup Kumar Mishra
Phone: +91-0364-2570651, Mobile: 9436703247
Address: NBPGR Regional Station - Shillong Umroi Road, Umiam, Shillong - 793103, Meghalaya, INDIA
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Web page: http://www.nbpgr.ernet.in/Regional_Stations/Shillong_Meghalaya.aspx
This regional centre of NBPGR was set up in 1978. It is involved in collection and evaluation of agri-horticultural germplasm of north-eastern region including Sikkim and parts of northern Bengal.
- A total of 23,989 germplasm accessions belonging to crop plants, crop wild relatives, medicinal and aromatic plants (M&AP), ornamentals and other useful plant species have been collected from different North-eastern states viz. Assam (6,866), Arunachal Pradesh (6,079), Mizoram (2,876), Manipur (2,088), Meghalaya (2,084), Nagaland (1,907), Sikkim (1,387) and Tripura (702) during 1978 to 2010
- Agro-morphological characterization major filed crops: paddy, maize; under-utilized crops: rice bean, Job’s tear, Perilla, buck wheat; horticultural crops: chilli, ginger, turmeric, taro, Dioscorea, Citrus, banana, and some minor fruits were undertaken and promising germplasm accessions were identified
- Collected plant germplasm were conserved in National gene bank, regional gene bank (at Umiam, Meghalaya) and in field gene bank (FGB)
- A considerable number of medicinal and aromatic plants (M&APs) of regional importance have been conserved at FGB
- Various plant species (~6,500 accessions) were supplied to the researchers throughout the country
- Interactive meetings, seminars and training programmes have been conducted for generating awareness for protecting PGR among wide range of stakeholders.
RRTC (Rural Resource and Training Center)
Rural Resource and Training Centre,
Umran, Nayabungalow, RiBhoi District,
Meghalaya - 793105
Phone: 09436162873/08575020662 (Director)
Refreshing that this is a non-governmental organization working in the area of agriculture and doing such good work. It is a registered society.
RRTC is working with the rural poor to provide skill training in organic farming, livestock management etc. It has a model farm where practical training too is given. The centre trains over 5000 people per year and works mostly in the South Garo Hills, Jaintia Hills and Ri-Bhoi District of Meghalaya
Worth visiting their website to know more about what they do.