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Tura (Meghalaya), Nov 29 – Chigitchakgre, a scenic hamlet under the Gambegre Block in Meghalaya’s West Garo Hills district, known for its exotic flowers and bumbling bees, was on Tuesday declared as a ‘Bee Village’ under Apiculture Mission 2.0 by Chief Minister Conrad Sangma during a function at the village playground.

Addressing the gathering, Sangma said that people of the State, especially in the villages take up different activities for livelihood and the government in the last few years has been supporting these activities through different mission programs.

He informed that the objective of declaring villages as ‘Bee Villages’ is a specific program under the Apiculture Mission to help bee farmers through assistance.
“We will be providing all help and support that is needed for bee farming like training, financial assistance, bee boxes, bee keeping tools, multi facility buildings having stock rooms, training rooms and areas to sell and display the products,” he said.

Sangma also enlightened the gathering about ‘CM Elevate; and ‘YESS Meghalaya’ programs and urged the youth to take benefit from these programs.

The Chief Minister announced Rs 10 lakh to the Bee Village from Chief Minister’s Special Development Fund and also interacted with the youth and the women folk of the village.