Decentralised Renewable Energy (DRE) Integration in Horticulture Sector in Meghalaya

Clean Energy Access Network and WEFT Research LLP organised a Workshop on ‘Decentralised Renewable Energy (DRE) Integration in Horticulture Sector’ in Meghalaya, at Shillong on April 23, 2024.

The background for the workshop was that the state has already distinguished itself in the cultivation of crops like pineapple and turmeric, achieving notable outputs. In the fiscal year 2021-22, Meghalaya yielded 0.38 million MT of fruits, 0.52 million MT of vegetables, and 0.072 million MT of spices. Fruits and vegetables collectively accounted for 89% of this production. However, despite such significant yields, approximately 30% of fruits and vegetables tend to get  lost due to inadequate post-harvest management, which stems from limited infrastructure for storage, processing, and market accessibility.

Amit Kumar Singh Parihar, Director of Clean Power, Shakti, delivered a keynote address during the consultation, highlighting the research findings presented at the event. These findings were encapsulated in two studies: “Roadmap for Greening and Strengthening Horticulture in Meghalaya through DRE Integration with a Focus on Pineapple” and “DRE for Livelihoods in Meghalaya: Policy Brief with Focus on Horticulture.” These studies were thoroughly discussed among the participants.

The event was marked by enthusiastic participation including representatives from diverse government departments, CSOs, developers, and village organisations. They convened to explore Meghalaya’s unique topography and climate which create an ideal environment for cultivating a diverse array of horticultural crops, including fruits, vegetables, and spices.