Tura (Meghalaya): Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Monday rolled out the piggery and milk Mission in Garo Hills.
Speaking at the roll out programme, the Chief Minister said that through the Piggery and Milk Missions the government aims to tap the huge opportunity that will provide gainful income generation to the youth of the State.
Principal Secretary Animal Husbandry and Cooperative Department GHP Raju and Deputy Commissioner of West Garo Hills district Ram Singh were also present at the programme. He said that the State consumes about 18000 MT pork annually, however the production is just about 8000 MT.
“Our youth and farming community can take advantage of the flagship programme of the government and reap the benefits by forming cooperative societies to venture into piggery and dairy production,” the Chief Minister said.
Sangma said that about Rs 600 crore is being invested in livestock related activities by the government to promote piggery, dairy, poultry and goatry in the State.
Stating that there is saturation in government jobs, Sangma informed that the government has envisioned livestock promotion activities to provide opportunities for the youth of the State to take advantage of the programme.
He said that piggery and milk Mission is one of the biggest programme that the State has ever conceptualised. Piggery project amounting to Rs 209 crore is India’s largest piggery programme that will enable
the farming community to take up piggery farming.
The Chief Minister also took the opportunity to enlighten the gathering about FOCUS programme that will promote farmers collectives with financial support to upscale their farming activities.
During the programme, he handed over cheques which are zero interest loans to beneficiaries – 26 piggery cooperative societies and 13 dairy cooperative societies. For Piggery Mission to the tune of Rs. 6.24 crore were allotted and for Milk Mission Rs. 2.17 crore.