Govt vows to create largest piggery mission: Conrad

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TURA, Dec 20: Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, on Monday, said that his government was committed towards creating the largest Piggery Mission in the state to fill the supply-demand gap of pork meat as well as to export the same to other pork consuming states of the country.
Conrad Sangma was speaking at the launch of the ‘Roll Out’ function for Piggery and Milk Mission for various Garo Hills districts at SMELC Conference Hall, Dakopgre Tura.
Congratulating the Cooperation and other line departments for their efforts towards the launch of the mission, the chief minister said that the purpose of focusing on these aspects is to create sufficient employment opportunities, especially for the youth of the region. He reiterated that about 50,000 youth are entering the workforce every year and added that it is the responsibility of the government to provide and create employment opportunities for these youth.
Expressing that it is a challenging task to provide jobs for all these youth, the chief minister said that the government is seeking various avenues in different sectors such as food-processing, eco-tourism, livestock rearing among others with linking facilities with cooperative societies thereby creating sustainable opportunities for all so that they are able to provide jobs for others instead of job seekers.
Further, mentioning that the state consumes about 18,000 metric tonne (MT) of pork meat a year, he informed that only 8,000 MT are produce in the state and the rest 10,000 MT is being imported from outside, hence draining the resources, and therefore, the government is committed to create the largest and biggest Piggery Mission in the state and fill the supply demand gaps as well export to other pork consuming states in future.
Stating that about 25,000 families would be benefitted from this scheme, he said that the zero per cent interest loans will lead into making the state self-sufficient in pork production as well as increase in the production of milk in the state. Moreover, goatery and poultry would be sanctioned through cooperative societies very soon, he said.
Stating that ultimately it is the people who have to work in cohesion with the line departments, he urged the group members to support and cooperate in implementing these schemes and called upon the district officials to take it as a responsibility and not as a duty to change the lives of the people with complete revolution.
Delivering the keynote address, Principal Secretary, Cooperation, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary department, etc., and Chairman MLEADS, GHP Raju, informed that the scheme targets the youth to take up livestock mission as entrepreneurs which offers a loan amount with zero per cent interest thus helping them to build their future prospect.
West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner, Ram Singh, on the other hand, highlighted that the livestock mission offers plenty of opportunities in these sectors and that many changes are taking place where farming activities are being given due importance even as he sought the cooperation of all for effective implementation of the scheme in the districts.
During the function the chief minister also distributed loan sanctioning certificates to the beneficiaries of cooperative societies under Piggery and Milk Mission in Garo Hills.

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